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MY CHRISTIAN FRIEND
ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD.
BY MKS. PHCEBE PALMEK,
B WAT OF HOLINES
ITS BFFKCTS," &C.
AUTHOR OF "the WAY OF HOLINESS/' "FAITH AND
NEW EDITION, REVISED.
ALEXANDER HEYLIN, 28, PATERNOSTER ROW.
PRINTED BT WILLIAM NICHOLS,
9% LONDON WALL.
TO THE FOURTEENTH EDITION.
Though the new edition of this little work is
presented to the public in a new form, and with
a large addition of new matter, it comes with no
new doctrines. Every truth in religion is as old
as the Bible ; and the aim of the author of this
work is not to set forth any new phases in piety,
or to develope new and unauthorized views that
have not been clearly presented in the Scriptures
of truth to the aspiring gaze of the Christian.
Her simple aim is to bring up with freshness, and
describe in scriptural phraseology, —
" The way tlie holy prophets went," —
the way that has been trodden by the truly de-
voted of all ages and of every evangelical sect.
It has been the effort of the author to main-
tain holiness as the great leading doctrine of the
Bible, rather than as a doctrine peculiar to any
sect. Occasional illustrations from the experi-
ence of individuals connected with various deno-
minations, both from among the ministry and
the laity, are interspersed, as confirmatory of the
fact, that holiness is not merely the doctrine of a
sect, but the doctrine of the Bible.
In endeavouring to commend and enforce the
importance and excellency of the theme, the
author does not attempt to evade the offence of
the cross, by employing other than scriptural
phraseology. "The inglorious task of endeavour-
ing to make the doctrine, experience, and pro-
fession of holiness popular, has not been under-
taken; efforts of this sort ever have been, and
ever must be, ineffectual. The hearty reception
of a doctrine which makes it the duty of men to
become Christ-like, and exhibit in heart and life
entire devotedness to the interests of Christ's
kingdom, is not to be expected either of the
world or worldly-minded professors. An embo-
diment of holiness once appeared in human form.
Immaculate purity, ineffable beauty of holiness,
was once personified, and walked and talked with
men. Was He, or were His sayings, popular ?
Listen to the questionings : " Is not this the
carpenter's son ? " " Have any of the rulers
and Pharisees believed on Him ? " " This is a
hard saying ; who can hear it ? "
And, as the term " holiness " is used by Divine
dictation to express a state in which all who
would see the Lord must live, is a modification
of the term to suit the worldly or fastidious pro-
fessor permitted to the creature ? Let those who
would avoid the experience or the phraseology
because of its unpopularity, remember the words
of the Saviour, Mark viii. 38.
My beloved Cheistian Feibnd, — Will
you accept of this little token of regard from one
deeply interested in your welfare ? I have re-
ceived your friendship as a precious gift from God.
Yes, " Jesus gives me my friends," and I have
resolved on valuing and also cherishing your
friendship as a precious gift from Him. Tou will
feel with me that friendships thus bestowed are
Divine responsibilities. Then, beloved one, let
us be faithful to each other ; and may our com-
munings during our short sojourn here be so
directed as shall in the highest possible degree
tell toward our mutual welt-being in eternity.
I would not needlessly sadden your heart, but
my thoughts are now dwelling on the certainty
of that period when our friendship on earth will
close. Perhaps before the expiration of the pre-
sent year, you or I may be called suddenly, " in
such an hour as we think not," to meet the Son
of man. My intense solicitude for you moves
me to faithfulness beyond what cold formality
Permit me, then, beloved one, to ask. Are you
ready? Have you on the white robe? No
longer think of holiness as a doctrine peculiar to
a sect, but rather as a doctrine peculiar to the
Bible, as the only fitness for admission to the
society of the blood-washed in heaven.
If you are not a hol^ Christian, you are not a
Bible Christian. I have been much concerned,
that till this period you should have remained
indefinite in your experience on this point. In
endeavouring to show the standard of Bible
fitness for heaven, and the manner of attaining
it, I have taken it in my way to answer three
questions, which I am sure you will regard as
I hope you wiU take this smaU token of affec-
tionate regard to your closet, and, in solemn,
prayerftd waiting, decide there on perfecting
holiness in the fear of God. May the Sun of
righteousness shine upon your mind, and the
Spirit of holiness guide you into all truth, so
that, as you read thid communication, you may,
through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
enter into the holiest !
I. HOLINESS 1
II. WHAT IS GOSPEL HOLINESS, OR SANCTIFI-
III. HOW MAY WB ENTEE INTO THE ENJOY-
MENT OF HOLINESS ? ... 8
IV. WHAT WILL BE THE ADVANTAGES TO OUR-
SELVES AND OTHERS? ETC 24
V. CONTINUATION OP ADVANTAGES, ETC 33
VI. charlots;b : or, the master calleth for
VII. YOUNG CONVERTS MAY BE HOLY 53
VIII. THE WHITE ROBE 59
IX. THY CROWN 70
X. THE DISAPPOINTMENT 76
XI. MAN OR ANGEL 79
XII. HOW TO OBTAIN THE JOY 09 CHRIST 83
XIII. SANCTIFICATION SIMPLIFIED TO A CHILD... 89
XrV. "MARRIED TO THEE " 91
XV. A COVENANT 96
XVI. HOW ENTIRE SANCTIFICATION MAY BE RE-
XVII. POWER OF FAITH — ^VOICB FROM THE EAST. . 106
XVIII. VOICE FROM THE SOUTH. Ill
XIX. VOICE FROM THE WEST.. 116
XX. VOICE FROM THE NORTH 119
XXI. THE AI/TAB 124
ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD.
Dost thou turn away with half-averted eye,
yielding to an impression indefinitely formed,
that this, for the present, is a subject that does not
demand special attention? Let us for a few
moments examine the foundation on which this
impression rests, and know whether it is war-
ranted. We will take the word of Grod for our
text-book, and not, " What does my neighbour,
or what does my Christian friend, think of the
doctrine of holiness ? " No; for thereby we should
be in dang^J: of being influenced by the tradi-
tions of men. To the law and to the testimony,
and not to the experience or practice of this or
that professor, however high in experience or
station. What does God say to me on this sub-
ject? What does He now require of me in
relation to it ? And how should these require-
ments aflTect my present conduct ? And then let
us firmly purpose, in the strength of the Lord
Jehovah, that every future effort shall be corre-
Let us take a declaration from the word of
God, — a declaration which, at a glance, covers
2 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD.
the ground we would occupy, involving require-
ments weighty and far-reaching as eternity.
" Follow peace with all men, and holiness , with-
out which no man shall see the Lord." Had
attention been called to this article by the words,
"To one who intends to see God, or to make
sure work for heaven," your heart would pro-
bably at once, as your eye met the article, have
said, "Why, that is something for nieJ^ Then you
need not be assured that the attainment of the
end is utterly impossible without the use of the
means. Thus you at once come in possession of
the knowledge that it is absolutely necessary
that you should be hoh/^ if you would see God.
But perhaps you may say, " I am convinced
that holiness is necessary, and I intend to have
it before I am called into the presence of God."
Ah I hear His voice saying unto thee, " Watch :
for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come."
Think of the many, both of the prepared and
the unprepared, who have been called without a
moment's warning to meet God.
Scores will be in the eternal world before the
return of this day next week, who expect it as
little as yourself; and the voice still continues
to say, " What I say unto you I say unto all.
Perhaps you are saying, " I would be holy ; I
would not leave the attainment of it for any
future period, not one day; no, not one hour
would I delay ; but I cannot get my eye distinctly
fixed on the object. At times I get a glimpse,
but mainly it seems to stand as an attainment
quite beyond my reach ; and too often do I find
myself giving way to the persuasion that it
cannot be well apprehended, except by those
more deeply experienced in the things of God."
Let me assure you, dear friend, that as surely as
you need holiness nowy so surely it is for you tww.
The provisions of the Gospel are all suited to
the exigences of the present time. Are you com-
manded to be ready for the coming of your Lord
now ? Then holiness is a blessing which it is
now your privilege and also your duty to enjoy.
We will now endeavour, as premised, to answer
three important questions. First, What is im-
plied in Gospel holiness or sanctification ? Se-
cond, How may we enter upon the enjoyment
of a state of holiness ? Third, What will be the
advantages to ourselves and others of living in
possession of it P
WHAT IS GOSPEL HOLINESS, OB SANCTI-
Gospel holiness is that state which is attained
by the believer when, through faith in the in-
fiittte merit of the Saviour, body and soul, with
every ransomed faculty, are ceaselessly presented,
a living sacrifice, to God ; the purpose of the
4 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD.
soul being steadily bent to know nothing
among men, save Christ and Him crucified,
and the eye of faith fixed on " the Lamb of God
which taketh away the sin of the world." In
obedience to the requirement of God, the sacri-
fice is presented through Christ, and the soul at
once proves that " He is able also to save them to
the uttermost that come unto God by Him."
Holiness implies salvation from sin, a redemp-
tion from all iniquity. The soul, through faith
being laid upon the altar that aanctifieth the gift,
experiences constantly the all-cleansing efficacy
of the blood of Jesus. And through this it
knows the blessedness of being presented fault-
less before the throne, and mingles its triumphant
ecstasies with the blood-washed company : " Unto
Him that loved us, and washed us from our
sins in His own blood, and hath made us kings
and priests unto God and His Father, to Him
be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."
Though saved from all sin at present, yet
the soul that has been brought into the experience
of this state well knows that it is not saved
to the uttermost. It finds that, in the entire
surrender of the world, it has but " laid aside
every weight." And now, with undeviating pur-
pose and unshackled feet, it runs with increasing
rapidity and delight in the way of His command-
ments, gaining new accessions of wisdom, power,
and love, with every other grace, daily.
" Holiness," " sanctification," and " perfect
love" are terms intimately related in meaning.
The tenns holineaa and sancti/tcation, being fre-
quently used by Divine inspiration, we may pre-
sume to be mostsignificantlyexpressiveof the state
to which it is the duty of every believer to attain.
"Sanctification" beinga word of much the same
prominence as " holiness " in the blessed Word, it
may be well to devote a few moments to its
investigation, as it will doubtless throw an
increase of light on the endeavour to ascertain
the nature of the blessing.
As we have frequent occasion to observe in
Scripture, the term " sanctify," in its most simple
definition, means setting apart for any specified
purpose. Thus it was that Moses was com-
manded to sanctify the children of Israel. " And
the Lord said unto Moses, Gro unto the people,
and sanctify them to-day and to-morrow, and let
them wash their clothes, and be ready against
the third day : for the third day the Lord will
come down in the sight of all the people upon
Mount Sinai." (Exod. xix. 10, 11.)
The Israelites also were required to sanctify
themselves : " Sanctify yourselves therefore and
be ye holy : for I am the Lord your God."
(Lev. XX. 7.) The Saviour sanctified Himself for
the redemption of the world : " And for their
sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also might be
sanctified through the truth." (John xvii. 19.)
God also is represented as sanctifying His people:
** I am the Lord which sanctify you." (Lev. xx. 8.)
6 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD.
"That ye may know that I am the Lord that
doth sanctify you." (Exod. xxxi. 13.) " And the
very God of peace sanctify you wholly." (1 Thess.
V. 23.) " Even as Christ also loved the Church
and gave Himself for it, that He might sanctify
and cleanse it." (Eph. v. 25, 26.) The Savioiur
prays that His disciples may be sanctified through
the truth : " Sanctify them through Thy truth :
Thy word is truth." (John xvii. 17.) Peter also
speaks of the sanctification of the elect, according
to the foreknowledge of God, unto obedience and
sprinkling of the blood of Jesus. (1 Peter i. 2.)
Paul as above speaks of the sanctification of the
church, cleansed with the washing of water by
the word. (Eph. v. 26, 27.) The Corinthian
brethren are also exhorted to cleanse themselves
from aU filthiness of the flesh and spirit, by
taking hold on the promises. (2 Cor. vii. 1.)
The vessels in the temple were all, by the spe-
cial appointment of God, set apart for holy pur-
poses ; and though a variety of uses was desig-
nated, yet they were sanctified exclusively for
the holy service of the sanctuary.
Thus it is that the Christian, redeemed from
all iniquity, not with corruptible things, such as
silver and gold, but by the precious blood of
Jesus, is, by the most explicit declarations and
ohligatUms, required to come out and be separate.
** And what agreement hath the temple of God
with idols P for ye are the temple of the living
God ; as God hath said, 1 will dweU in them.
and walk in them ; and I will be their God, and
they shall be My people. Wherefore come out
from among them and be ye separate, saith the
Lord, and touch not the unclean thing, and I
will receive you." (2 Cor. vi. 16, 17.) " Go ye
out of the midst of her ; be ye clean that bear
the vessels of the Lord." (Isaiah lii. 11.) " Know
ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy
Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God,
and ye are not your own ? For ye are bought
with a price : therefore glorify God in your body,
and in your spirit, which are God's." (1 Cor. vi.
19, 20.) " For this is the will of God, even your
sanctification." (1 Thess. iv. 3, 4.) " If ye were
of the world, the world would love his own ; but
because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen
you out of the world, therefore the world hateth
you." (John xv. 19.) Yet "sanctification," as
applied to believers, comprehends inconceivably
greater blessedness than a mere nominal setting
apart of body and soul, with every power, to God.
The sacrifice, or service, however well intended,
could not for a moment be acceptable without
the washing of regeneration, and the renewing of
the Holy Ghost.
And then, in order to be continually washed,
cleansed, and renewed after the image of God,
the sacrifice must be ceaselesaly presented. This
is implied in the expression, " a living sacrifice ;"
it is thus we are made priests imto God. Through
Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, that taketh away
8 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD.
the sins of the world ; the Way, the Truth, and the
Life ; the Door by which we enter in ; the Lamb
slain from the foundation of the world; the
sacrifice ascends unto God a sweet savour of
Christ. It is thus that the triumphant believer
momentarily realizes the blessed fulfilment of
the prayer : " And the very God of peace sanc-
tify you wholly; and I pray God your whole
spirit, and soul, and body, be preserved blame-
less unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Clirist.
Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do
it." Amen. Even so, Lord Jesus.
now MAY WE ENTER INTO THE ENJOYMENT
Having become convinced that holiness is a
state of soul which the Scriptures clearly set
forth as an attainment which it is your duty and
privilege to be living in the enjoyment of, it is
necessary that the intention be fully fixed to live
a holy life.
This will require deep searchings of heart, and
will not admit of a secret reserve of this or the
other thing, when there is a doubt that the object
may be prejudicial to the soul's best interests.
The matter must be brought to bear the scruti-
nizing eye of God; and mtist be decided upon
faithfully, though the decision involve a sur-
render literally painM as that of parting with a
right hand or right eye.
Some may be inclined to think this is narrow-
ing the way too much, and with shrinking of
heart may solicitously inquire, " Lord, are there
few that be saved?" while the Saviour, behold-
ing the many hindrances, replies, " Strive to
enter in at the strait gate : for many^ I say unto
you, shall %eek to enter in, and shall not be able."
And why not able ? Has the command gone forth,
"Be ye holy in all manner of conversation?"
(1 Peter i. 15.) And has a command with such
an infinite weight of consequences (Heb. xii. 14)
pending on its non-fulfilment, been issued from
the throne where eternal love, power, and wisdom
preside, and yet the ability for its performance
not been given ? No ! it is the Almighty God,
boundless in love, goodness, and power, that says,
" Walk before Me, and be thou perfect."
But the words of our Saviour will bring us yet
more directly to the point, and will stamp the
assertion with the signet of truth, that the inten-
tion to be holy, resolutely fixed in the mind, is
a very necessary step toward insuring the object.
" If any man will do His will, he shall know of
the doctrine." (John vii. 17.) This, taken in con-
nexion with, " For the word of the Lord is quick
and powerful^ and sharper than any two-edged
sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of
soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow^
10 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD.
and is a disceraer of the thoughts and intents
of the heart," (Heb. iv. 12,) will yet more fuUy
assure us of the necessity of subjecting ourselves
to the deep searchings of the Spirit, with the
intention decidedly fixed to know nothing among
men " save Christ and Him crucified."
We have frequent occasion to observe with
the sinner, that the last point of extremity,
previous to obtaining comfort, is the resolve,
that though he seek till the hour of his death,
and never obtain forgiveness, he will not go
back to the world and seek his pleasures there,
but will endeavour to serve the Lord, and seek,
in the use of all the appointed means, the know-
ledge of pardon. So with the believer ; he must
have all his energies concentrated in the one
endeavour and intention of living a life of entire
devotion to God.
If you would raise a superstructure that will
endure the searching winds, storms, and rains,
which will inevitably beat against it, it is abso-
lutely necessary that you count the cost. Deem
not that hand or that heart unfriendly that would
assist you in this duty. How needful for the
comfort of the soul, as also for the permanency
of the work, that a thorough foundation be laid,
so that the distressing temptations consequent
upon the circumstance of this and the other
sacrifice not having been before contemplated,
may never successfully obtrude ! Many are con-
tinually vacillating in their experience, and many
more are falling, through a failure in this par-
ticular. Through this the good way is evil
O, if you would be holy, and have your name
written in heaven with those " who have come
out of great tribulation," and on earth with
those " who adorn the doctrine of God our
Saviour in all things , " if you would be a
living epistle, read and known of all men,
count the cost ! Say, with the Apostle, ** Yea,
doubtless, and / count all things but loss for the
excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my
Lord." No less devotion of spirit will carry you
unpolluted through the world, than carried the
martyrs through the flames to heaven. Though,
from the present state of Christianity, its claims
in many respects may not be of the same kind,
yet the devotion of spirit required is precisely
the same in nature and extent. And unless it
leads you to an entire renunciation, a crucifixion
to the world, you have reason to fear that it will
not bring you to the same happy heaven which
they are now in possession of.
Be assured that unless you are decided on
making the entire sacrifice of all your powers to
God, and are willing to be sanctified on the
terms specified in the Word, " Come out from
among them, and be ye separate, and touch not
the unclean thing," you have no proper founda-
tion for your faith to rest upon, when you
endeavour to believe that God will receive the
12 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD.
offering at your hand. "And if ye offer the
blind for sacrifice, is it not evil ? and if ye offer
the lame and sick, is it not evil ? Offer it now
unto thy governor ; will he be pleased with thee,
or accept thy person ? saith the Lord of Hosts."
(Mai. i. 8.) "And this have ye done again,
covering the altar of the Lord with tears, with
weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that He
regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth
it with good-will at your hand." (Mai. ii. 13.)
From these passages you may infer the reason
why so many find it so exceedingly difficult to
believe. The FaithM and True Witness hath
said, as illustrative of the requirements of this
way of hoHness, and also of its simplicity, " The
unclean shall not pass over it; the wayfaring
men, though fools, shall not err therein." May
not, then, the defect in the experience of thou-
sands, who have endeavoured by merely believing^
without having this essential preparation for their
faith, be accounted for in this way, rather than
that the truth of God should be questioned ?
The experience of a glorious number of living
witnesses who have attested the excellency of
the knowledge of this grace, proves that just so
soon as they were willing in reality to count all
things loss, just so soon they found it perfectly
easy to believe. And as it is by believing that
we are brought into this blessed state of soul,
this is why the writer has spent so much time
in what may seem merely preliminary. To prove
the point, let me bring two or three out of the
many living witnesses that have come under my
observation. The first a divine, who has been,
for two or three years past, publishing to thou-
sands the blessedness of this way. He stated
that he had been nine years interested in the
subject of holiness, believing it to be the privi-
lege of all believers to be holy. A considerable
part of those nine years was spent in much
anxiety and perplexity on the subject. " Why,
brother," said I, " how can you account for the
circumstance of your being so long seeking
without obtaining the blessing, when you were
such a sincere inquirer after truth P " " Why,'*
said he, " I think I cannot reply to your question
better than by using the words of our Saviour :
* How can ye believe which receive honour one
of another, and seek not the honour that cometh
from God only?' For just as soon as I was
willing to give up that honour that cometh from
the world, willing to have my name literally cast
out as evil, and to seek that honour that cometh
from God (wfy, / found it perfectly easy to
Another had been more than a year earnestly
seeking the blessing, and whenever the question
was proposed to her mind, ''Should the Lord
give you the blessing, would you be willing to
profess it ? " as often as the question recurred,
she replied, by her feelings, that she could not ;
and yet thought that she was willing to give up
14 ENTIKE DEVOTION TO GOD.
all for the attainment of the blessing. She at
last felt the necessity of it so deeply, that she
concluded no sacrifice would be too great. When
the Spirit again applied the question, "Would
you be willing to profess the blessing, should
you receive it P " her heart replied, " Yes, Lord,
confess it, or anything ; only let me have it ! '*
The way of faith was at once plain, and her
mouth was filled with praises.
Two other cases, coming, as in the instances
just mentioned, directly imder my own observa-
tion, may be instrumental in solving the difi&cul-
ties in the way of believing with some. Eemote
from each other resided two individuals, entirely
unacquainted with each other's experience ; both
became deeply interested in the subject of holi-
ness, the Spirit urging them powerfully to the
present attainment of the blessing. Yet the way
of faith seemed hard to understand, when it was
suggested that something must be in the way of
believing, as God had declared it easy. Both
explained the difficulty by an allusion to such
an attachment as is forbidden by the Word.
(2 Cor. vi. 14.) They were told that they would
find it utterly impossible to believe under such
circumstances; that the object must be given
up, and they would then find God true to His
word. The surrender was made, and they were
made the happy possessors of the perfect love of
God. These are only transcripts of the experi-
ence of scores of living witnesses.
This is a work in which we must most em-
phatically be workers together with God; for
though He saith, " I am the Lord that doth
sanctify you," (Exod. xxxi. 13,) He also says,
" Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy."
(Lev. XX. 7.) Though the blessing is received
through faith, and not by the works of the
law, yet it is impossible to exercise that faith
which brings the blessing, until we are willing to
bring the sacrifice of the body, soul, and spirit,
and leave it there. Then shall we find that
" God is the Lord, which hath shewed us lis^ht :
bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the
horns of the altar." (Psalm cxviii. 27.)
Then it is that this highway, cast up for
the ransomed of the Lord to walk in, becomes
plain, so plain that the wayfaring man, though a
fool, shall not err. In obedience to the require-
ment, " I beseech you, brethren, by the mercies
of God, that ye present your bodies a living
sacrifice," (Bom. xii. 1,) the offering is pre-
sented. And will not that -God who hath re-
quired it at your hand accept it, when, in sin-
cerity of heart, it is brought and laid upon the
altar ? Dare not to charge your faithful, promise-
keeping God with such an inconsistency, as for
a moment to doubt that He will be true. He
cannot deny Himself.
Under the Levitical dispensation, which con-
sisted mainly of outward rites and observances,
the comers unto the altar were required to bring
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such sacrifices as were prescribed by the law,
and originally specified by God, such as the
firstlings of their flocks, first-fruits, 8w5. And
when, according to the best of their ability, and
their knowledge of the nature of the require-
ment, they brought them, to be presented through
their officiating priest to God, have we reason
to believe they ever doubted that God, who re-
quired, woidd accept, and not only would but did
accepti at the time they were presented ? What
unwarrantable incredulity, and how dishonour-
ing to God, would it have been, had they
said to those around, or even indulged in heart
the thought, "According to the ability which
God hath given have I brought this oblation,
yet I know not whether it will be accepted ! "
Would not this have been thinking and speaking
of God as a hard Master ?
O how unlike the conduct induced by the
faith of Abraham ! God was about to make
a covenant with him. A sacrifice is required.
Abraham brings it. Yet the fire does not at
once descend from heaven and consume it. But
does he with impatience remove the sacrifice
from off the hallowed altar? No; he judges
Him faithful who hath called him to it. With
eager, prayerful intensity, he keeps his gaze
heavenward, expecting, doubtless, moTnentarily
that the token will be given that will establish
him for ever in the knowledge that the covenant
is 'ratified in heaven. The fowls watch to pol-
lute. This he knows would mar the sacrifice,
and render it unworthy the acceptance of his
God. He watches their approach, and drives
them away. The day passes, and the shades
of evening begin to lower, yet still he waits.
Imagine, for a moment, that at this juncture
Abraham had become disheartened, and had
begun to conclude he had mistaken the nature
of the requirement in some way; or that the
morrow, or some future period, might do as
well: would that covenant which secured such
important consequences to his posterity have been
What you want is to enter into —
" The land of rest from inbred sin,
The land of perfect holiness."
It is your Father's good pleasure to give it you.
He will not permit one more pang or struggle
in the attainment of it than will be for your
good; for " He doth not afflict willingly." You
will not be called to make one sacrifice but
what wiU be for your permanent welfare, and
such as you will praise God to all eternity that
you were permitted to make. You may be
called to some peculiar sacrifice of which you
may not know the why and wherefore now,
like as Abraham with his beloved Isaac. But
the Lord may see some idol in your heart
that you have scarcely been apprised of, till
thus searched and proved; or He may have
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a special work in His vineyard, that He intends
to fit you for; and your only safety is in
leaving it aU to Him, and with perfect sub-
mission to say, —
" Mould as Thou wilt Thy passive clay."
Make no provision for future emergencies ; give
up all, whether known or unknown. Resolve
that, as duty shall be made plain, you will follow
on, in obedience to the command, though death
may await you.
If you are thus resolved to " count all things
but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of
Christ Jesus" your Lord, there is no reason
why you may not enter into the enjoyment of
this state this hour. Jesus, your intercessor,
stands at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
pleading your cause. He —
" Points to His side, and lifts His hands,
And shows that you are graven there.**
Do you feel a fearful shrinking, which you.
would fain overcome ? Look away from earthy
from self and fix your eye upon your compas-
sionate Jesus. Obey constantly the admonition,
" Looking unto Jesus." " And we have hiown
and believed the love that God hath to us
Herein is our love made perfect." Observe, it
is not enough to know, but we must also believe
this love. Satan will with all his forces oppose
you. Make up your mind to expect this. A
door, great and effectual, is opened before you ;
but there are many adversaries. " The kingdom
of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take
it h^ force,** Think of the many evidences your
Saviour has given of His infinite willingness and
ability to impart this full salvation to your soul.
When He bowed His head upon the cross, and
said, " It is finished," then a full and complete
salvation, a redemption from all iniquity ^ was
made possible for every soul of man. And
what shall hinder your now receiving it, if by
faith you now lay hold on the term^ of the cove-
nant, as, in the hallowed presence, and through
the Almighty strength, and in the name of the
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, you let this be
the solemn hour when you enter into the bonds of
an everlasting covenant to he wholly tJie Lord's
for time and for eternity ?
Perhaps you never felt a more piercing sense
of your helplessness ; but you are now to lay
hold on almighty strength. " He giveth power
to the faint, and to them that have no might He
Some desponding, longing one, who may read
this communication, may, up to this time, have
been ' an unfaithful, cold-hearted professor, so
that coming out to profess this state of grace
may cause many, whose companionship has be-
fore been courted, to say, " Is Saul also among
the prophets ? " But you are now giving your-
self wholly away to Christ, and in His great
love He is now saying unto you, "Ye are not
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of the world, but I have chosen you out of the
world," " and ordained you, that ye should go
and bring forth fruit; and that your fruit
should remain ; that whatsoever ye shall ask of
the Father in My name, He may give it you."
O, is not this enough ? Mr. Wesley says, *' By
this token you may know whether you seek the
blessing by faith or by works. If by works,
you want something to be done first before you
are made holy. You think, ' I must first be, or
do, thus or thus, before I am sanctified.' If you
seek it by faith, seek it as you are; and if as
you are^ then expect it now 1 "
It is of great importance that you look at this
great salvation as a present salvation, received
momentarily from above. The blood of Jesus
cleanseth; not that it can or will cleanse at
some future period, but it cleanseth now, while
you lay your all upon that " altar that sancti-
fieth the gift." You keep your offering there,
even all your redeemed powers, — body, soul, and
spirit, — mind, memory, and will, — time, talents,
and influence. And as in devotion all these
redeemed powers return ceaselessly to God,
through Christ, it is your duty to believe. Do
not imagine that you have something indefi-
nite, you know not what, to believe. No ; it
is the truth just stated you are called implicitly
to believe ; and if you do not believe, you dis-
honour God, and grieve the Spirit of love. The
inconsistency of your unbelief is here : in obe-
dience to the requirement of God, you, through
the assistance of His grace, have been enabled
to come out and be separate, resolved to touch
not, taste not, handle not the unclean thing. If
you had enabled yourself to do this, then there
might be a shadow of consistency in your un-
belief ; but now that you have done it through
the power of God, assured that, apart from His
grace, there dwelleth no good thing in you,
how unreasonable the thought that He will not
fulfil His part of the engagement ! " / will re-
ceive yoUy* is His own declaration. ** I will
sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be
clean ; from all your filthiness and from all your
idols will I cleanse you." " Now is the accepted
time, and now is the day of salvation." Then
venture upon the truth of His word ; you cannot
believe God in vain. " Tht faith shall bring the
power ;" but do not expect io feel the power before
you have exercised the faith. This would be
expecting the fruit before the tree is planted;
the power to live and dwell in God comes
Holiness is a state of soul in which all the
powers of the body and mind are consciously
given up to God ; and the witness of holiness is
that testimony which the Holy Spirit bears with
our spirit that the offering is accepted through
Christ. The work is accomplished the moment
we lay our all upon the altar. Under the old
covenant dispensation it was ordained by God
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that whatsoever touched the altar should be holy :
" Seven days thou shalt make an atonement for
the altar, and sanctify it ; and it shall be an altar
most holy : whatsoever toucheth the altar shall be
holy." (Exod. xxix. 37.) And in allusion to this
our Saviour says, " The altar that sanctifieth the
gift." (Matt, xxiii. 19.) As explanatory of this
subject. Dr. Clarke says, " This may be under-
stood as implying that tohaUoever was laid on
the altar became the Lord's property, and must be
wholly devoted to sacred purposes^ Under the
new covenant dispensation, the Apostle to the
Hebrews says, " We have an altar, whereof they
have no right to eat which serve the tabemacle,^^
(Heb. xiii. 10.) Dr. Clarke again says, "The
Christian altar is the Christian sacrifice, which is
Christ Jesus, with all tJie benefits of His passion
and death '^ " Hallelujah ! Glory be to Grod in
the highest ! "
Will you come, dear disciple of Jesus, and ven-
ture even now to lay your all upon this blessed
altar ? He will not spurn you away. No ;
" His side an open fountain is;" " His nature
and His name is love." Surely you will now
begin to say, —
*• O Love, thon bottomless abyss !
My sins are swaUow'd up in Thee ;
Cover*d is my unrighteousness,
Nor spot of guilt remains on me :
WhUe Jesu's blood through earth and skies,
* Mercy, free, boundless mercy,' cries."
Rest here. Remember, "The just shall live
hy faith, ^^ not ecstasies. Holiness is the mark ;
that state of soul in which all the powers of soul
and body are consciously given up to God, And
here you have it. " Cast not away, therefore,
your confidence, which hath great recompeuse of
reward ; " " for we are made partakers of Christ,
if we hold the beginning of our confidence
steadfast unto the end." Neither former un-
faithfulness nor present unworthiness need hin-
der your coming yw«^ aw you are. The blood of
Jesus cleanseth from all sin.
" 11 all the sins which men have done
In thought J in noill^ in word, or deed.
Since worlds were made or time hegnn.
Were laid on one poor sinner's head.
The stream of Jesus' precious blood
Could wash away the dreadful load."
Then rest confidently. Resolve that you
will not make your feelings (as these may vary
by the manner in which God sees most for your
good to try your faith) a standard for your faith.
True faith will produce /j^Z^wy, but it may at first
be little other than solid satisfaction, arising from
an implicit reliauce on God. As with Abraham,
so the most glorious examples, attesting by their
lives the excellency of the way of faith, are those
whose faith has been most severely tried. A holy,
unyielding violence is necessary in order to re-
tain the ground. Let that described by the poet
be yours : —
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" Fix'd on this groimd will I remain.
Though my heart fail, and flesh decay ;
This anchor shall my soul sustain.
When earth's foundations mdt away ;
Mercy's full power I then shall prove.
Loved with an everlasting love."
Rest now and for ever here, and you are
NOW, and shall eternally be, the saved of the
THE ADVANTAGES, TO OURSELVES AND OTHERS,
OF LIVING IN THE ENJOYMENT OF THE
WITNESS OF HOLINESS.
Had I the powers of those immortal spirits
that blaze around the throne, catching their in-
spiration direct from heaven's altar, I should
still feel my incompetency to portray fiilly the
advantages, to ourselves and others, of limng in
the enjoyment of the witness of holiness.
The benefits extend i^x^far into the impene-
trable future. The Eternal Mind alone can fully
know them. It is an eternal weight op
GLORY, which awaits that blissful one who has
lived a holy life.
But let us, with the ability that God hath
given, endeavour to grasp what we may; and
0, 1 am sure it will be enough to cause us to
" thank God and take courage."
In the first place, " having boldness to
enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by
a new and living way which He hath consecrated
for us," our works, while we abide here, shall all
" be wrought in God," We shall enjoy the wil-
ness, that in the devotion of all tlie powers of
our bodies and minds, they ascend a living sa-
crifice, holy and acceptable: they become holy
by being presented to God through Christ, and
are therefore acceptable. In this conclusion
we are warranted by the Word : " For we are
unto God a sweet savour of Christ." And
then there is another advantage expressed in
the encouraging and persuasive words : " There-
fore be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abound-
ing in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as
ye know thai your labour is not in vain in the
How much labour is comparatively fruitless,
on account of the absence of the definite witness
of purity of intention ! With the knowledge
that our labour is in the Lord, we labour in
faith. Who has not had a powerful conviction
of the necessity of holiness in this particular?
However well-intentioned the effort, yet "the
accuser of the brethren," whose work it is to
perplex and hinder, if he cannot destroy, often
has greatly the advantage of the not wholly sanc-
tified soul here, O, how often the suggestion that
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some sinister motive has influenced in the per-
formance of duty, has hindered faith from laying
hold on the assurance that the labour performed
was " labour in the Lord I " And, for want of
this faithy we have been unable to obtain the
encouraging assurance that our labours shall be
The witness of holiness involves the witness
of purity of intention. And who can conceive
the infinite advantage oi living in the enjoyment
of the witness of holiness, in view of this par-
ticular ? Think how inspiring to the faith ; how
calculated to urge onward to greater and still
greater efforts ! Surely it must have been the
constiiaining influence of this faith that caused the
Psalmist to say, " The zeal of Thine house hath
eaten me up." Paul must have felt its impelling
power when . he said, " Being reviled, we bless ;
being persecuted, we suffer it ; being defamed,
we entreat j we are made as the filth of the
world, and are the offscouringof all things." "Nei-
ther count I my life dear unto myself, so that
I might finish my course with joy, and the minis-
try which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to
testify the Gospel of the grace of God." Yes :
this was the hallowing, constraining influence
that inspired those ancient worthies, so honour-
ably mentioned in Hebrews xi., of whom the
world was not worthy ; " who, through faith,
subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, ob-
tained promises, stopped the mouths of lious.
quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge
of the sword, out of weakness were made strong,
waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies
of the aliens." And the reason why mor^such
glorious examples in faith and practice are not
coming lip before us continually, in every pro-
fessor, is not because the grace of God is less
potent to bring about these results, or that His
requirements have become, in the least iota, less
But the question. Why is it that these exam-
ples are not more frequent ? will bring us to the
statement of another very important advantage
arising from our living in the enjoyment of
Grod says, " Ye are My witnesses." At an in-
finite price, a salvation from all sin, " a redemp-
tion from all iniquity," has been made possible
for us; and if we are ^ not living in the enjoy-
ment of it, how can we say with the Apostle,
" We speak that we do know, and testify that we
have seen" when we would urge the attainment
of full salvation on others ? How necessary, in
the administration of civil jurisprudence, that a
witness have these pre-requisites ! Without a
personal knowledge of the facts in the case, tes-
timony is not received as valid.
How little advantage has the witness for
Jesus, that would testify of the excellence of
this great salvation, without the same sanctifica-
tion of the spirit that the Apostles had ! O, it
2S BXTIRB DBTOTIOy TO GOD.
was a permmal knowledge of tbat wliereof they
spake, that gave them that holy boldness, alike
before the Jewish Sanhedrim, the noble Festus,
and^he ignoble multitade. It is no wonder
that those who were in fear for their craft, that
their idol-worship might be bronght to nought,
should solicitously complain "that these men
that turn the world upside down haye come
hither also." For it is such instruments as
these, feeling that they haye no might of their
own, and having placed themselves on the
Lord's altar, to be used entirely at His disposal,
that God condescends to empower with the
might of His Spirit ; and, conscious of its holy
energy, we hear them triumphantly exclaim, " I
can do all things through Christ which strength-
eneth me;" "Through God we shall do va-
liantly : for He it is that shall tread down our
enemies ; " while, in their example of burning
zeal, we behold the truth of God verified, " One
shall chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand
And why is it that there are not many more
such witnesses in the Christian world? Is it
not because one is waiting for another, and
making the standard of another's experience a
criterion for his own, instead of making the
requirements of the Word the onli/ standard?
The soul, newly born into the kingdom, sees
presented before him the more excellent way.
The Spirit urges him onward to the prize of his
high calling ; but soon he observes that this is
a higher state of grace than the general standard
of experience in the church will warrant him in
the expectation of attaining.
He sees those who have been years in the
way, professing a comfortable state of mind,
and yet not professing to enjoy the witness of
holiness ; and he gradually settles down into the
belief, that it is a state of grace quite beyond
what should be his present expectation. And
according to his faith it is done unto him. His
spiritual energies become paralysed; the mark
for the prize of his high calling becomes less
perceptible, and, the urgings of the Spirit en-
forcing the necessity of holiness being thus less
regarded through the influence of the example
of older Christians, the mind gradually becomes
habituated to the belief, that it is not absolutely
necessary for the safety of the soul to be living in
the enjoyment of holiness. And thus by a gradual
process, and almost unconsciously, the command-
ments, "Be ye holy," and "Thou shalt love
the Lord thy God with all thy heart, soul, mind,
and strength," are made of comparatively little
effect ; and most emphatically also by the same
process that the commandment became of none
effect in the days of our Saviour, that is, by tra-
dition ; the opinion being transmitted from one to
another, though unauthorized by the Scriptures.
Where are the humble disciples of the Lord
Jesus who cannot see how, beyond all computa-
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tion, the cause they so much love would be
advantaged in this respect, were the mass of
professors to fix their eye perseveringly on the
prize of their high calling on their first setting
out in the Christian course ? And who can tell,
should a band of skilful nursing fathers and
mothers in Israel undertake carefully to direct
the course of those newly bom into the king-
dom, how soon the mind might become enlight-
ened on this subject, and the object, being
distinctly ascertained, be grasped at once ?
One example, illustrating the blessedness of
this early training, came directly under my own
observation. The individual was powerfully
converted to God on the Sabbath. On Tuesday
she went to a meeting of Christian friends, where
there were several witnesses of holiness, and her
whole soul became absorbed in the subject.
" O ! " said she, with much intensity of manner,
at the close of the meeting, " I want to be wholly
the Lord's ! " She was told that the blessing
was for her, and that these longing desires for
it were sure intimations that the Lord intended
to impart the blessing, if she would only perse-
veringly seek it. She returned home, spent
most of the time until about nine o'clock the
next morning in pleading with God, when the
witness, "indubitably clear," was given; and
she ran, like the woman in the Gospel, to spread
the news abroad. And then the eftect ! Would
that it could be sounded abroad, to the praise of
God, through the world of professing Christians !
It was not the irresistible tide of /oy, other than
the joy of Christ which was to bring many sons
to glory, that impelled her forward. No : —
" 'T was love that moved her chariot wheels."
It was the constraining influence of the love of
Christ, filling her soul, that caused her often to
know the meaning of the significant words, " thai
fellowship with His sufferings." The burden of
souls was so laid upon her, that she was con-
tinually devising expedients for their rescue;
and at times, like her Master, her hours of
repose were broken in upon in wrestling with
God for them, until one and another were bom
into the kingdom through her instrumentality ;
and then her joy was of that solid, holy order,
that the inactive professor can scarcely appre-
And who can compute the advantages of
having the multitudes that are brought in during
our continuous revivals, urged on by example
and precept also towards the attainment of holi-
ness ? Those who themselves live in the enjoy-
ment of the direct witness cannot forbear urging
it upon others. It is as afire shut wp in their
bones, which nrnst have vent ; and must spread,
by its own Divine energy, till others will catch
the sacred influence.
As holiness is a state of soul in which all the
powers of the body and mind are constantly and
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consciously given up to God, think of the variety
of advantages in every possible way, that must
necessarily result from our living in this state,
not only to ourselves, but to the world at large.
He that understandingly enjoys this bless-
ing holds nothing as his own. Assured that
he holds nothing but what he has received, he
glories not in his possession as though he had
not received it, — as if he had a right to appro-
priate any portion of his Lord's goods to his
own purposes. He hears the voice of God con-
tinually saying to him, " Ye are not your own ;
ye are bought with a price ; therefore glorify
God in your body and spirit which are His."
His body being given up as a temple for the
Holy Spirit to dwell in, he sustains and adorns
it in the manner that will best fit it for this pur-
pose. " Holiness to the Lord " is written upon
all his adornments; all his members are given
up to obey the dictates of the Holy Spirit. His
spirit is continually ascending in converse with
God ; and, with all the ardour of absorbing love,
is continually saying, "Speak, Lord, for Thy
servant heareth;" "What wouldst Thou have
me to do ? " And then, —
" Love makes his willing feet
In swift obedience move."
He feels that he has not one moment of time at
his own disposal, and he dares not spend it in
any pursuit but what will, bear the inscription,
"Holiness to the Lord," His talents are all
devoted to holy purposes, and in the manner
that will best help, forward the interests of the
Eedeemer's kingdom; for he has no personal
interest to serve apart from this. If the Lord
would arrest a sinner whose ways are about to
take hold on death, or comfort a weeping peni-
tent, or call back one of His wandering children,
or would have a testimony of His power to save
unto the uttermost, or any other message of
grace faithfully delivered, He ever finds the soul
wholly sanctified ready to speak at His bid-
ding. " Can two walk together except they be
agreed? " but the will of the sanctified and the
will of the Sanctifier being ever in unison, the
Sanctifier is ever saying to him, " It is not ye
that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which
speaketh in you."
A CONTINUATION OP ADVANTAGES, BY A EE-
FEBENCE TO THE EXAMPLE OF THOSE WHO
HAVE LIVED HOLY LIVES.
As a great portion of the Holy Bible is his-
torical, and by this provision of Divine wisdom
in the economy of grace matters of experience
are brought to assume a tangihility in the mind.
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that could not otherwise be attained, no objection
can therefore with plausibility be urged against
the propriety of directing attention to the ex-
ample of those who, with no unusual advan-
tages of intellect, or other capabilities, have
witnessed a good confession. Many who have
lived among us, of like passions with ourselves,
exposed, from outward circumstances, to the
same temptations, have finished their course
with joy, and have gone to receive the reward of
the righteous, and are now beyond being influ-
enced by the praise or censure of men.
Let us trace out the example of one familiarly
known to our reader; one who perhaps, from
outward circumstances of persecution, privation,
debility of body, domestic cares, &c., was placed
in circumstances of peculiar trial, yet was at last
gathered home as a ripe shock, in the midst of
life and usefulness. Shall we, that the most
feeble, and those placed in the most disadvan-
tageous circumstances, may not be discouraged,
select such a one from the galaxy of burning
and shining lights by which she is surrounded P
Look, then, at Hester Ann Eogers ; how truly,
with respect to privation, toil, and bodily suffer-
ings, was she as one with thousands who think,
from the unfavourable circumstances in which they
are placed, they can do but little. In order to
gain a more thorough knowledge of the principle
that propelled her onward in her shining path
upward, let us take a glance at the manner of
her first setting out iu her Christian course, and
trace her luminous example.
When in the midst of gay fashionable society,
though not led by religious associates, or
ministrations of the Clergy, to see the ne-
cessity of coming out and being separate from
the world, yet the Spirit assured her, not-
withstanding the gaiety of professing Chris-
tians by whom she was surrounded, that it was
her duty to obey these requirements. At
once she obeyed the injunction, "Thou shalt
not tempt the Lord thy God ; *' she ran home,
and ripped up all those things that might, through
the medium of the eye, tempt the heart to mingle
again with those gay associations. The Lord
received her as a member of the "household
of faith.** Persecution raged abroad, and the
chaise of " carrying matters too far ** ran from
circle to circle. At home, where she might
have been at ease, she submitted to take the
place of a menial, for Christ's sake. Yet, though
going on from strength to strength from the
time that she received the Spirit of adoption, still
she felt that there were roots of bitterness not
yet destroyed; and, as may be observed most
evidently, by referring to her diary, through the
Spirit's urging, she most decidedly fixed her
aspiring eye as resolutely on the prize of holiness
as she had before done on adoption. After an
earnest struggle, the direct witness of holiness
was given, clear as the sun shining in his
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strength. This gave permanency to that energy
of action which had characterized her former
course, and a still deeper and more thorough
vitality to all the spiritual energies of the soul.
From this time her confidence was- —
firm as an iron x)illar strong,
Impregnable to earth and helL'
Those who read the record of her daily walk,
as she was accomplishing her pilgrimage on
earth, tell us that her path was most eminently
that of the just, *'that shineth more and more
unto the perfect day." Hundreds, as Dr. Coke
tells us, were presumed to have been brought
into the Society through her instrumentality
during her life, and numbers were also brought
into the enjoyment of perfect love through her
example, prayers, and writings. But though
she passed through earth as one of the Lord's
"peculiar people," and, through the power of
the Spirit, was indeed eminently successful in
turning many to righteousness, yet how greatly,
beyond comparison, has the amount of good
been augmented, since she ceased to exist among
What a blessed illustration does her history
furnish of the text, " They that be wise shall
shine as the brightness of the firmament, and
they that turn many to righteousness as the
stars for ever and ever ! " Ever since she accom-
plished her mission on earth, the eyes of hun-
dreds have been fixed upon her as a star of tbc
first magnitude. Hundreds, doubtless, in each
generation that has lived since her dismission
from earth, have been animated by her example
to obey the voice of the Spirit saying to them,
" Go, and do likewise."
Look also at the blessed Wesleys, whom
God "thrust out to raise o. holy people ;^^ and
the heavenly-minded Fletcher, who lived in the
atmosphere of holy love, and whose breathings
have passed down with a sweet, hallowing per-
fume, through each succeeding generation, and
are even now, at this remote period, mingling
with our associations, inclining, by their persua-
sive influence, to a holy life. And then there'
is Mrs. Fletcher, the early devoted Miss Bosan-
quet, the mother in Israel. And then the lowly
disciple that sank down to the unutterable
depths of humble, holy love, Lady Maxwell;
the "elect lady," where, in the order of God,
titled honours, wealth, loveliness of person,
dignity of carriage, were combined and brought
to bear on one point, "holiness to the
Lord." And still, as by a heavenly attrac-
tion, the eye passes on to yet another, and
another, in this glorious constellation. Be-
hold the zealous Nelson! The devoted Bram-
well, who, like his Master, spent whole nights
in prayer, carrying about with him the flame
of holiness wherever he went! The flaming
herald, mighty in prayer, " instant in season and
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out of season," John Smith I And yet another,
the simple-hearted, unassuming, meteor-like Ann
Cutler ! And still another, whose redeemed, puri-
fied spirit but a short time since returned to the
God that gave it, the holy, persevering Car-
vosso, strong in faith, mighty in effort, serving
his generation by every possible endeavour, ac-
cording to the will of Grod ! Time would faSL
us to tell of the many luminaries, for ever
enshrined in memory, — Asbury, Greorge, M'Ken-
dree, Fisk, J. B. Taylor, Abbott, &c., — ^who
were all mtnesaea for God of this blessed state
of grace, and died in the faith.
It is indeed easy to imagine the process that
the gracious Spirit iakes to stamp the eternal
truth with power on the heart, " that the right-
eous shall be had in everlasting remembrance,"
with such examples before us as we are now
beholding. And O ! it is not a heartless re-
membrance, but a spirit-stirring power, impart-
ing energy to the soul, a lively remembrance,
inciting to corresponding action.
Thousands have already been arrested in their
course of cold-hearted profession, by the burning
zeal of those whose names have been enumerated,
as forming, with others, a constellation which
the eye delights to rest upon, the heart to con-
template, and the spirit to imitate. And after
the heart has indeed been made better, through
these attractive influences, how can it be other-
wise than that they should for ever be enshrined
•'asstars in memoiy?" Yes \ for ever taid ever f
We gaze and adore the power that made them
God secures all the glory to Himself, in the
man that truly enjoys the witness of holiness.
O, how deeply is that lesson engraven, " fFitk'
out Me ye can do nothing / " and when he beholds
the power of grace, either in himself or in others,
he gives God all the gloey.
And now, what an important advantage has
been gained to succeeding generations, by those
whose names we have mentioned prqfjemng to
enjoy the witness of holiness \ Not unfrequently
we hear it said, *' I do not know but that I
enjoy the blessing of holiness, but I have nev^
professed it." And in allusion to others we
hear it said, "I should certainly suppose this
and that individual to be living in the enjoyment
of holiness, but I nev^ heard th^n profess it.'*
Could the same have been said of the indi-
viduals whose names we have enumerated, where
would have been the numbers who have believed
through their coiyoined and individual testi-
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THE MASTER CALLBTH FOB THEE.
" The Master is come, and caDetli for thee."
The above is the graphic inscription on a
coftin-lid, enclosing the remains of one who was
pure in heart. We speak confidently. None
who knew the beloved Charlotte, will, on reading
our sketch of her character, accuse us of having
undertaken the work of the mere panegyrist.
Grace needs no complimentary flourishes. It
was by the grace of Grod, through our Lord
Jesus Christ, tbat our beloved Charlotte was
what she was. And such, through grace, may
every one be, who will yield to God through
Christ, and submit to the refining process, the
mouldings of the Holy Spirit
Sister Charlotte Grant experienced religion
about nine years since. At the time of her con-
version she was kneeling as an humble seeker at
the altar of the Methodist Episcopal Church in
Allen Street. Her conversion was clear, and its
fruits were early manifested in her love to Christ,
and earnest desire for the salvation of souls. As
she received Christ Jesus the Lord, so was she
enabled to walk in Him.' H^ oonrse being
steadily onward and upward, she gained rapid
accessions in light and knowledge. Fr&m the
first point in her religious career, she appeared
to cultivate great tenderness of conscience. ** If
we would have a tender conscience, we must
treat conscience tenderly." From this persuasion
The writer never remembers to have seen
Charlotte indulge in frivolity of conversation or
manner. Her spirit was prayerful and tender
from the time of her conversion. She seemed
desirous to know her duty only that she might
do it. She possessed an excellent understanding
and a sweet docility of spirit ; and perhaps if one
grace shone more conspicuous than another, it
was her humility.
When perplexities arose in her mind, she went
to those who were older in experience than her-
self, and unburdened her spirit. An occasion of
this sort occurred early in her religious career,
which the writer loves to remember. She had
been reproved (perhaps not with as much ten-
derness as should have been used toward a
lamb of the fold) for an article of adornment
which she wore. Her heart was not set on
vanity, but, being young in religious experience,
she had not yet duly considered the scriptural
admonition, '' Be not conformed to this world,
but be ye transformed by the renewing of your
mind." She was told that if she would exert a com-
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manding persuasiveness in inducing her youngs
friends to come out from the world and be
separate, she must, by her outward appearance,
as well as by her words, show that she had
herself come out, and manifest her separation
by renouncing whatever might stand in the way
of her usefulness.
From this time she laid aside every weight,
and daring to be singular for Christ's sake,
God singled her out as an eminent example of
Christian excellence, and has made the savour
of her name as ointment poured forth. Let no
Bible Christian say that there is nothing in dress.
The Bible forbids conformity to the world as
truly as it does any other sin. For want of
compliance with the self-sacrificing principles of
the Bible in this matter, many have made ship-
wreck of faith and a good conscience. Could
the voice of the lovely and beloved Charlotte
speak from the unseen world, how would it
reverberate to the inmost heart of every worldly-
minded professor ! — " Know ye not that the
friendship of the world is enmity with God?
Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the
world is the enemy of God."
As the Israelites, by undeviatiug progression
and obedience, would have speedily been brought
up to the borders of the promised land, so wiQ
God's people, if obediently walking in Christ as
they have received Him, be speedily brought into
possession of —
" The land of rest from inbred sin,
The land of perfect holiness/'
And thus it was with Charlotte. The church
intrusted her to the care of a Class-Leader,
whose ultimate and most earnest aim was to
present every member of her charge perfect in
Christ Jesus. In nine months after Charlotte
had been brought out of spiritual Egypt, she
was brought into a state of pure blessedness, —
" A rest where all her soul's desire
Was fix'd on things above."
From this time she truly and eminently
adorned the doctrine of God her Saviour in all
things. She lived a life of faith on the Son of
God. Grod gave her strong faith, and strongly
did He test it. Few have had more thorough
tests, and few have endured more valiantly.
She was indeed strong in faith, giving glory to
God. We speak thus confidently, because we
know that our faithful God never tries grace
that He has not given. Never will He sutfer His
confiding children to be tempted above that
which they are able to bear. The measure of
trial bespeaks the measure of grace. Those who
knew Charlotte most intimately, best knew how
truly the trial of her faith developed to the
praise of God the grace He had given her. She
was long and variously tried by reverses in estate
and in health, and by the withholding of objects
of long-cherished desire ; yet in all she in patience
possessed her soul, judging Him faithful who had
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promised. In all she was trustful and happy,
breathing forth love, peace, and purity, and
shedding hallowing influences in the various
circles in which she moved.
Though she beheld many around her, who, pro-
fessing to have put on Christ, seemed endeavour-
ing almost unconsciously to ascertain the extent
to which they might be like the world, and yet
bear the name of Christ, Charlotte felt it to be
her privilege, as well as her duty, to cherish an
aim wholly unlike this. Hers was not the un-
worthy endeavour to ascertain the nearest point
of dangerous proximity to which she might get to
the world, and yet not wholly displace Christ
from the throne of her affections. No 1 she did
not, with many young professors, insult her
Saviour thus. She, through grace, looking
away from earthly preferment, resolved at every
hazard, that the prince of this world should
not have dominion over her, or even retain
a foothold in her heart. " No compromise 1 "
said her divinely inspired soul. " What concord
hath Christ with BeHal ? "
Thus scripturally instructed, she did not
attempt to engage in the inglorious endeavour
to reconcile Christ and the world. She was
therefore saved from the sad strife which induces
so many professors to chant in sorrow, —
" *T is worse tlian death my Qod. to love.
And not my God alone."
Hers was not the repulsiveness of the religioiis
recluse. Her heart was expansive, and, filled
with the love of Christ, she exerted a sweetly
constraining influence on those who came within
her circle. And this circle was not circum-
scribed; for such was the attractiveness of her
piety, that she gathered around her many friends.
And where is one of whom it may be more truly
" None knew her but to love."
And yet more eminently was she in the house
as a candle upon a candlestick, which giveth
light to all. If, as a member of the church
militant, and as one in the social circle, the force
of her enlightened and fervent piety was felt,
how much more was it felt in the domestic
circle ! What a chord do we touch, when we
speak of the influence of kotne piety in the case
of the beloved Charlotte! If it were only at
home that we looked, we would, in the con-
fidence of strong faith, say, Charlotte will not
have a starless crown. One has already been
gathered from the home circle, who, from the
time of Charlotte's conversion, was with her an
object of much prayerful solicitude. He stood
at the head of the loved family gi'oup, and had
been more than a brother. Who can portray in
words the fervour and the absorption of her
desires for the salvation of this dear brother-in-
law ? He took knowledge of this ; her ceaseless
and winning exhibitions of the heauty of holiness
in all the minutue of Christian life captivated
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his heart; and, in his own familiar way, he
would exclaim, " Look at our Lotty : there *s a
Christian for you ! "
So intent was she on his salvation, that she
became willing that this dear brother, with his
family, might be saved in any way, so that her
prayers for their salvation might be answered.
The Lord has indeed taken His own way to
answer the prayers of the beloved Charlotte.
Bereavements of various sorts have been dis-
pensed. The light of their dwelling has been
put out, their treasures have been taken to
heaven, in order that their hearts might be there
also. The prayers of the affectionate and self-
sacriiicing Charlotte are, we trust, being an-
swered; she seemed herself to have been a
victim to the bringing about of her desires.
But, whether in prosperity or adversity, her faith
was unyielding, and she steadily aflSrmed, " He
doeth all things well." Yes, "as a candle upon
a candlestick, she gave light to all in the house ;
and every member of the beloved household who
now so deeply mourn their loss, will to all eternity
remember her precious counsels, her pious life.
She will never be forgotten by the little circle
who met with her in the class-room. She was
a growing Christian, and her experience was
ever new and varied. Her Class-Leader, who
took her when but a lamb of the fold, enjoyed
unmingled satisfaction in beholding her growth
She was eminently a Bible Christian. On
one occasion she said to a friend, *' Dear sister
S., when I read the memoirs of very eminent and
useful Christians, I sometimes feel discouraged,
and I think I cannot come up to that; but
when I take the Word of Grod, and read the
requirements, and then turn to the promises, I
find that I can, O, I can, through grace, meet
them aU I "
The disease by which her earthly tabernacle
was taken down, was long in progress. Patience
had its perfect work ; and, as far as we may know
from outward manifestations, she exhibited, to
the praise of grace, that she was perfect and
entire, wanting nothing. The prayer of the poet
seemed to be indeed answered in her experience.
She possessed —
" A heart where Christ alone might dwell ;
All praise, all meekness, and all love."
Though for months almost sleepless nights and
wearisome days were appointed, her incessant
cough and pain affording but a short respite at
a time, and her extreme debility and difficult
respiration rendering her physically a constant
sufferer, yet she was cheerftil, and endeavoured
to diffuse happiness on all around. Her suf-
ferings were so obvious, and her being was so
made up of tenderness and love toward others,
that to be with her and not to feel deeply was
impossible. It was on this account, doubtless,
that she so frequently requested to be left alone ;_
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desiring that Christ alone, her infinite Sympa-
thizer, and her divine Helper, should be the wit-
ness of her sufferings. So keenly had her own
heart suffered in sympathy with others, that she
did not desire that others should, on her behalf,
drink more deeply of the bitter cup than was
needful. On seeing another weep, she said,
" Do not weep, but rejoice." She would often
reiterate, " Satisfied ! satisfied ! thankful ! happy!
happy ! " She possessed a living realization that
Christ was ever present with her and mighty to
save, and would often exultingly exclaim, " He
saves me ! He saves me to the uttermost ! "
Her rest was in the will of God : —
" All her desires seem'd lost in one :
' Father, Thy only wiU be done.' "
We will not say that she did not at times, when
in severe physical suffering, feel that it would be
" better to depart and be with Christ ;" but she
ever, on these occasions, gave prominence to the
will of God. " I do not murmur," she would
add ; " the will of the Lord be done, not mine."
Her heart seemed as an ever-gushing fountain,
sending forth streams of gratitude to God and
man. Every little attention or favour dictated
by the love of her assiduous friends, would be
made a fresh occasion for expressions of grati-
tude. However small in earthly estimation these
tokens might be, none were deemed too small
for a special recognition. When she could not
speak, she would lift her eyes upward, which
heavenly eloquence expressed more than words
could utter to the Divine Giver, while every
gesture seemed to say, —
" O how can words with equal warmth
The gratitude declare.
That glows within my ravish*d heart ? —
But Thou canst read it there."
Tet while she ascribed all the glory to God, she
was not wanting in expressions of gratitude
to the beloved ones whom God commissioned
to minister to her, but she received them and
thanked them as messengers sent to dispense
gifts to her from her Heavenly Father, and she
would look upward and say, " He knoweth all
She was very desirous, as she was receding
from eartli, to say much more to the individual
members of her sister's family in regard to the
salvation of their souls ; but finding her inability,
she said to her endeared sister Jane, " Sister,
you must do it for me." She then exhorted
her beloved sister to faithfulness in maintaining
prayer in her family, and also admonished her
to think far more about their heavenly inheritance
than their worldly interests. Will each of the
dear ones who were objects of so much prayerful
interest to the beloved Charlotte meet her in
A short time before she departed, the Class-
Leader visited her, to whose care she had been
committed when a youthful disciple, and during
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a large portion of her career as a Christian.
She had often attempted to express the grateful
emotions of her affectionate heart to this beloved
friend, but tears had as often prevented her
giving utterance to those emotions of grateful
love. But now she seemed too much like a spirit
from the other world to be hindered by these
outgnshings of nature. She drew her Class-
Leader down to her, and, holding the face of her
friend between her fevered hands, she spoke such
words of burning love as may never be forgotten:
" My dearest, dearest earthly friend, how I have
loved you ! The Lord only knows how I have
loved you ; how you have led me on, and borne
with my infirmities I how patiently have you
endured ! and how I have loved you, I have
often wished to tell, but have not been able."
The beloved Charlotte was tearless now ; for she
was too near heaven, and her tears had ceased to
flow. But her loved friend, the Class-Leader,
wept and wept as though she would weep her
life away ; yet still the now almost sainted Char-
lotte continued to gaze, immoved by emotion, in
the face of her Class-Leader, which she still held
between her emaciated hands.
At length her Class-Leader, amid her flowing
tears, exclaimed, " Charlotte, dear, several of the
friends dearest to my heart have gone to heaven,
but they seem nearer and dearer than ever. *The
angel of the Lord encampeth round about them
that fear Him!' 'Are they not all ministering
spirits, sent forth to minister for them who
shall be heirs of salvation ? ' Death makes no
change, except to disembody the spirit. It
does not change the affections. I do not feel
that you will love me less after you have passed
through the veil of outward things than you
love me now."
" Love you less ! love you less ! No ! long as
eternal ages roll, T shall love you more and more.
I shall be a star, a star in your crown, in yowr
crown 1" Who can portray the affecting inter-
est, the grief, the bliss of that eventful moment,
to the heart of that Class-Leader ?
Ever since has this Class-Leader felt that if she
had lived but for the one purpose of being used
in the hand of God in leading this one member
of her flock in the way of holiness, she would
have had ample compensation for being detained
on earth threescore years and ten^ In allu-
sion to the absorbing zeal her Class-Leader
had manifested in the promotion of holi-
ness, she said, "Talk more than ever on this
subject; you cannot talk too much. Labour
while you may. Never did I see and feel the
importance of it as now I Work while you can ;
* for the night cometh, when no man can work.*
The night is come with me, I cannot work : the
grave, the grave cannot praise Him; but the
Hving, they shall praise Him. O talk, talk about
holiness while you can! 'Without holiness no
man shall see the Lord 1 ' O, the importance oi
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testimony on this subject ! Had I my life to live
over again, I would more than ever talk about
that blood that cleanseth from all sin."
On the day of her release she intimated to
her kind physician, that she had something to
communicate. He bent his ear closely, when
she sweetly said, " Kiss me." He obeyed her
dying request, when she whispered, " Satisfied !
satisfied ! "
"The chariot of Israel and the horsemen
thereof ! " The parting hour came ! It was
preceded by more relief from physical suffering
than she had for days or weeks enjoyed. A
heavenly calmness rested upon those features
where Christ had long since stamped His image,
and she only now waited the summons, " Child,
come home !" As she drew nearer the heavenly
city, her face gathered brightness, and she most
evidently Recognised the heavenly visitants who
had come to convey her to her long-sought rest :
" Angels now were hov'ring round her,"
and faith already seemed lost in open vision.
There were those who had passed on before
who had promised to meet her, and now she
doubtless beheld them. As object after object,
undiscovered by those whose eyes were still
holden, met her vision, she started with a look
of joyous recognition, till the waiting ones could
almost hear " the whispering angels say, * Sister
spirit, come away 1 ' "
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A short pause, and the silver cord was loosened,
and the lovely and much-loved Charlotte —
" Ckpp'd the glad wing, and soar'd away.
To mingle with the blaze of day V*
IT IS THE PEIVILEGE OF YOUNQ CONVEBTS
TO BE HOLY.
M HAD entered the class-room as an
humble seeker after salvation. During the last
prayer her Leader felt that virtue had gone out
of Jesus to the healing of some precious soul,
and on rising said, " If any one has been spe-
cially blessed, let it be declared to the praise of
Gk)d." A short pause ensued, when M — —
came forward, and, in tremulous accents, said,
" The Lord has blessed me." Her faith had laid
hold on Christ ; and so overwhelming had been
the communications of His love, that she was
not able to respond at the moment the call was
The witness of her adoption into the family of
Christ was " indubitably clear," and for houra
she was filled with unutterable joy. During
the period of her awakening, she had been
accustomed to hear of holiness as the high
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calling of the Christian; and before her con-
version it was at times suggested, " Aim at
entire consecration." She even then thought
that the Bible presented it as her privi-
lege to be tcholly sanctified ; and scarcely had
the Saviour said to her, " Daughter, be of good
cheer," before the duty of the most entire de-
votedness to God was again presented, and but
a few hours had passed away before she became
an earnest inquirer after full salvation.
Her parents having in former years been
members of the Baptist communion, M had
not received the ordinance of baptism in infancy,
and the third day after her convei'sion was the
day appointed for that ordinance. Meanwhile
she counted the cost of living a life of entire
sanctification to the service of God. The terms
of the covenant, " Come out from among them,
and be ye separate, saith the Lord ; and touch
not the unclean thing," were recognised, and
understandingly complied with. While being
sprinkled with water, God set His seal on the
ordinance, and baptized her with the Holy Ghost
and with fire. In both body and soul she
realized its refining influences, and a conscious
and entire absorption into the service of her Re-
deemer succeeded. For about a year she not
only held fast whereunto she had attained, but
made rapid advancement in the way of holiness,
and thus, by the living epistle of a holy life, gave
most satisfactory assurance of the all-sufficiency
TO CONVERTS. 55
of grace to empower even the babe in Christ to
bring forth the fruits of holiness.
Afterward, by looking to some older in years
and in profession than herself, who were resting
short of holiness, she began to indulge in reason-
ing. The adversary suggested, " Here are those
who have been so much longer in the way, who
do not profess this state of grace : how assu-
ming then for one so young in years and in reli-
gious experience to make such a profession !"
She was thus induced to withhold the light
which God had enkindled in her heart, and, to
the degree she ceased to let it shine, it gradually
became diminished, until it was at last extin-
Several months of deep regret succeeded, in
which she was left to deplore the advantage
she had permitted the enemy to gain. But on
returning to the same point of entire devoted-
ness, she again found the Saviour ready to meet
her more than half-way, and found that both His
faithfulness and justice were pledged, not only to
forgive, but to cleanse from all imrighteousness ;
and for many days she has been a witness for
Jesus of His power to save to the uttermost.
Several other instances of entire sanctification,
occurring a few hours or days after conversion,
might Jbe related. In some of these the fruits of
holiness have been exhibited to an extraordinary
degree. Mr. Wesley speaks of several in his day,
'some of whom were young in years, as also in
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grace, who attained to a state of holiness shortly
after conversion. Of S. H., who resided at
Macclesfield, he says, '* I have seldom known so
devoted a soul. She was sanctified within nine
days after she was convinced of sin. She was then
twelve years old, and I believe was never after-
wards heard to speak an improper word, or
known to do an improper thing. Her look stmck
au awe into all that saw her. She is now in
Abraham's bosom." (Wesley's Works.) " Four
of those children who seemed to be saved from
sin, were of one family ; and all of them walked
holy and unblamable. And many instances of
the same kind I have found in every part of the
country." "Many children, chiefly girls, were
indisputably justified. Some of them were like-
wise sanctified,and were patterns of all holi-
ness." Mr. Wesley also relates a portion of
the experience of G. P., as he received it from
her lips. It concludes thus : —
"In a short time all my trouble was gone,
and I did believe all my sins were blotted out ;
but in the evening I was thoroughly convinced of
the want of a deeper change. I felt the remains
of sin in my heart, which I longed to have taken
away. I longed to be saved from all sin, to be
cleansed from all unrighteousness 5 and at the
time Mr. Eankin was preaching, this desire in-
creased exceedingly. Afterwards he met the
Society. During his last prayer I was quite
overwhelmed with the power of God. I felt an
TO CONVERTS. 57
Inexpressible change in the very depths of my
heart ; and from that hour I have felt no anger,
no pride, no wrong temper of any kind ; nothing
contrary to the pure love of God, which I feel
continually. I desire nothing but Christ; and
I have Christ always reigning In my heart. I
want nothing: He is my sufficient portion in
time and in eteniity," Mr. Wesley adds, " Such
an instance I never knew before; of such an
instance I never read : a person convinced of
sin, converted to God, and renewed in love
within twelve hours ! Yet it is by no means
incredible, seeing one day is with God as a
thousand years." (Wesley's Works, 12mo., vol.
iv., p. 224.)
Mr. Wesley continues, in another portion of
his Works, " I spoke to these, forty in number,
one by one. Some of them said they received
that blessing ten days, some seven, some four,
some three days after they had found peace with
God, and two of them the next day." " What
marvel," Mr. Wesley again exclaims, " since one
day is with God as a thousand years?" He
also speaks of one who was " reclaimed from a
backslidden state, and cleansed from sin on the
In passages far too numerous to mention, Mr.
Wesley continues to enforce by precept, and illus-
trate by example, the duty and privilege of
young converts to be holy. "It plainly follows,"
he says, "that the quantity of time is nothing with
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Him. Centuries, years, months, days, hours, and
moments, are exactly the same. Consequently
He can as well sanctify in a day after we are jus-
tified, as a hundred years. There is no difference
at all, unless we suppose Him to be such as our-
selves. Accordingly we see, in fact, that some of
the most unquestionable witnesses of sanctifying
grace were sanctified within a few days after they
How encouraging to the young converts are
these examples, as given by the eminently pious
and judicious founder of Methodism, corrobora-
tive as they are of scriptural testimony, and the
observation and experience of Bible Christians
of later days I And where is the young convert
who reads these lines, who would not at once
sacrifice all for the attainment of this grace?
And if it be the privilege of the young convert
to be holy, where is the teacher or the leader in
Israel, to whose watch-care the flock of Christ
has been intrusted, who would stop short of this
grace ? " A way shall be there, and it shall be
called The way of holiness, and the redeemed of
the Lord shall walk there."
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THE WHITE ROBE.
" For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth
it not. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep
sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the hed;
then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruc-
tion." — Joh. xxxiii. 14-:16.
E UNITED in church communion, having
her mind as yet but little drawn toward holiness
as a definite object of faith and persevering effort.
She had been connected with a denomination
where little was said about entire devotedness
as a distinct object of pursuit ; but she was now
placed under a Class-Leader who believed it to be
the duty of every member of the household of
faith to mind this one thing.
E 's Leader felt that the church had com-
mitted to her guardianship the care of souls, and
had solenmly resolved that she would not cease
to warn and entreat every member of her pre-
cious charge, in order that when called to render
an account of her stewardship, she might be able
to present every one perfect in Christ Jesus. And
now, on account of the position in which she had
been placed, her heart was fixed to be ceaseless
and unwearied in her endeavours to bring every
beloved one committed to her charge to the de-
finite point of unreserved consecration.
E generally spoke of a comfortable expe-
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rience ; and when her Leader replied to her weekly
class-room testimony, the adversary would sug-
gest, " Why not let good alone, and not try to make
it better than good ? By this continuous urging
to higher attainments, you will dishearten and
discourage and appear to undervalue present
A few months elapsed, and He who doth not
willingly grieve nor afflict the children of men,
laid His chastening hand of love on dear E ,
and for a few days she was threatened almost
hourly with dissolution. E had not been
insincere, but she had not with her whole heart
sought to be fully conformed to the will of
God. And now that severe illness was paraly-
sing her energies, how could she seek that grace
with more diligence than when the capabilities
of body and soul were in healthful vigour ? so,
as might have been expected, her mind continued
in an unaltered position.
Had E passed away from earth during
the early part of her illness, her friends might
have said she died happy, and in full view of
a blissful immortality ; and she would have
gone into eternity self-deceived. But, —
" God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform."
In this hour of peril, and in an unlooked-for
manner, the admonitions of E *s Class-Leader
were brought to bear upon her mind. In vision,
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she beheld herself, in the light of eternity, passed
over the boundaries of time. Most unexpectedly
she found herself surrounded by gloom and lone-
liness. "I had thought that angels were in
waiting to bear the spirits of the just to heaven,
said she ; " and now who will guide my feet ?
Presently her friend, the Class-Leader, who had
been so desirous to guide her feet into the way
of holiness, appeared, robed in white, and, ex-
tending her hand toward E , said, " Come,
E , I have come to introduce you into the
presence of the King."
E looked upon the white robe of her
friend, and then upon her own spotted and soiled
garments, and said, " I cannot go : I am not fit
to be introduced to the presence of the King."
Her friend continued to urge ; but E re-
sisted her entreaties, saying, " No ! let me go
to the place assigned me." Her friend then
endeavoured to direct her attention to a light
in the sky, assuring her that if she would only
look up, her robe would be made white; but
E despairingly replied, " I thought that was
to have been done in the other world." To this
her friend did not reply, but only perseveringly
urged her to look up, and at last succeeded in
getting her to join in singing, —
My dying Saviour and my God,
Fountain for guilt and sin,
Sprinkle me ever with Thy blood.
And cleanse, and keep me clean.
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While singing the last two lines of the stanza,
E gained courage, looked up, and, with
joyful surprise, beheld her robe made white.
She then went on most rejoicingly to be in-
troduced to the presence of the King. The road
in which she progressed was a narrow, shining
way, with a hedge thrown up on either side.
Pamiliar faces were looking over this hedge, and,
ever and anon, missiles were thrown, and various
stratagems were used with the intention to per-
plex her, and soil her now spotless garments.
" Only keep your eye upward," said E 's
friend, " and do not suffer yourself to be per-
plexed, and your garment will remain unsoiled ;
but if you look downward, your robe will again
be polluted." Once, for a moment, E suf-
fered herself to be perplexed, and in looking
down beheld her beautiful robe again soiled,
through the maliciousness of her adversaries;
but, on being again urged to sing, —
" Sprinkle me ever with Thy blood.
And cleanse, and keep me clean," —
her robe was again cleansed from pollution.
Her Class-Leader then put a golden book in
E 's hand, and said, "I must now leave
you." The only words she could remember on
opening it were, written in gold letters, " If
ANY MAN WILL BE Mt DISCIPLE, LET HIM
DENY HIMSELF, TAKE UP HIS CBOSS, AND
E 's friend, on hearing this recital from
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her lips, was amazed at tlie condescension of
her Heavenly Father. She saw that God had
in visions of the night opened the under-
standing of E , and had given to her re-
peated admonitions a vitality in E 's
mind, not perceived before ; and that she had
only now to say, " Dear E , I need not
tell you that this dream is intended for your
present admonition. After death all will be
past change. God will then say, 'Let him
that is filthy be filthy still.'" And before
E 's health permitted her again to mingle
with her beloved associates at the class-room,
she had passed through the most memo-
rable change that ever transpired in her history.
It was brought about in so much simplicity and
sweetness, that, in retracing it, one would think
it no wonder an ancient seer should say, when
referring to the walk of the redeemed one in the
way of holiness, that " wayfaring men, though
fools, shall not err therein."
Having observed that in former experience
she had cherished attachments to the world and
the creature, such as were not calculated to in-
crease her love to the Saviour, but rather to
divide her affections, so as to —
"Leave but half for God,"
she now determined that He should no longer be
insulted and grieved by merely shannff her heart,
but that He should have the whole. She became
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true to the resolve, — gave the Saviour her undi-
vided heart. He at once, without any hesitation,
took it. It may be encouraging to some who
would love to come at once, and, like E ,
make an entire surrender, to know that the
blessed Eedeemer did not chide her with
a long list of grievances. He did not say,
"You have so long prevented Me from tak-
ing full possession, that you must now in
turn wait and know My displeasure." No !
He at once by His own almighty power turned
out all the " buyers and sellers : " in a word,
everything unlovely in His sight was im-
mediately dispossessed by His own powerful
hand. He then took that heart, and laid it
upon His own bosom of love so closely, that
every pulsation of her heart seemed to beat in
unison with His. And all this was accomplished
without her doing anything worthy of mention,
with the exception of just continuing in the act
of giving her otherwise worthless heart to Him,
with a reliance on His faithfulness to keep and
preserve it from the touch of pollution.
It were needless to say, that she did not now
find it so hard to believe as formerly, because
imbelief was among those unlovely traits of cha-
racter which, by the brightness of the Saviour's
coming, had been destroyed. And then she was
now so near to the lips of the Altogether Lovely,
that she could hear Him continually saying, " I
am the resurrection and the life; he that be-
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lieveth on Me, though he were dead, yet shall he
live." And assurances that she had been raised
to entire newness of life were so obvious to
herself and Mends also, that neither could
require fuller demonstration, that E was
indeed a changed being. Love of the world,
self, and other sinful creature loves were
displaced, and the love of the Saviour became
absorbing. Other objects were loved subordi-
nately as gifts from Him, and valued for Hw
From this eventful period, E ran on ra-
pidly in the heavenly way. She seemed ever to
aim more at holiness than happiness ; yet found
that happiness was the necessary result, or rather
the concomitant of holiness, and thus in reality
gained just the point at which every immortal
spirit is ever grasping.
O with what deep feeling of soul did she now
look upon those who —
" Mistake the mark.
And weary out life's hours
In chasing shadows 1"
She had mingled in gay circles. With buoyant
step she had joined in the festive dance. Erom
these gay associations she was for a time exposed
to many temptations from without. Many who
were walking in the broader way of worldly-
minded profession found leisure to stop and look
over the hedge; and often those things were
thrown in her way which would have been ob-
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stacles, had she not kept her eye steadily looking
unto Jesus. It was thus, through a continuous
appropriation of His all-cleansing blood, that her
garments were kept unspotted from the world.
Once, for a moment, she ceased to look up-
ward in the midst of these perplexities from
without, and was quickly dismayed to see a soil
fasten on her beautiful robe; but she remem-
bered the admonition, " Looking unto Jesus,"
and was again cleansed.
At another time, when temptations from with-
out abounded to an unusual degree, the Saviour
again appeared for her deliverance, and spake in
visions of the night for her comfort and instruc-
tion. It may be well to state, that E , for
several days previous to this, had been unusually
exercised relative to the example of some who
professed much attachment to the Saviour, and
yet indulged in more conformity to worldly
usages than E thought consistent with the
Christian's high calling.
The vision at this time seemed but a continu-
ation of the former remarkable visitation. She
was still walking onward in the same shining
way ; had made some progress ; so that now she
was quite in advance of a company of white-
robed ones who had just entered the narrow
way. A company preceded her in robes of white,
who were also making steady advances. Above,
voices, in tones sweeter than earthly music, were
THE WHITE KOBE. 67
** What are these array'd in white.
Brighter than the noonday snn.
Foremost of the sons of light,
Nearest the eternal throne ?
These are they that hore the cross,
Nohly for their Master stood,
SufPbrers in His righteous cause.
Followers of the dying God : "
while a voice yet sweeter from one near at hand
responded, " These are they which Thou gavest
Me out of the world." Observing that those
that followed, as also those that preceded her,
were in companies, E soliloquized thus:
** How is it that I am alone, when both those
that precede me, and those that follow, are in
company ? "
Presently One fairer than the sons of men
smilingly said, " Will you say you are alone
when I am with you ? " He directed her atten-
tion over the hedge, where she saw a broader
road, and many travellers. Among others were
those professors who had spoken so much of at-
tachment to the Saviour, and whose conformity
to the world had rendered their example in
relation to self-denial so perplexingly ques-
These, she afterwards observed, though they
seemed to be going in the same direction, and
doubtless fancied they were progressing heaven-
ward, were at a distance from the Saviour.
" In which way will you walk, — in yon broader
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road, in friendship with the world, sharing its
honours and pleasures, and at a distance from
Me ; or in this narrow way, close by My side,
sharing Mff dishonour and reproach?" said
E 's pleasant companion, who had not yet
folly discovered Himself. " I will walk in this
narrow way," said E , with a decision in
tone and feeling never to be forgotten. The
arms of everlasting love were now more closely
thrown around her, and she felt that her whole
being was encircled in the embrace, as her
blessed companion, whom she now discovered
to be the fairest among ten thousand, and the
altogether lovely, looked upon her, and said,
" Then th6u art Mine 1 and I am thy Savioue 1 "
So memorable was that look of ineffable love
that then penetrated her heart, and absorbed all
her powers, that it left an ever-abiding blessed-
ness. The arm of love that then encompassed
her whole being, and drew her more closely than
ever to the heart of the Saviour, seemed to leave
an enduring impress.
She now made rapid advances, and found
herself gaining upon the white-robed company
who had preceded her, who, she observed, as
they came to a point in their path, looking like
a bridge in the distance, paused, and then passed
over, and entered into a gate at the head of the
way. On arriving at this point, she found a
deep stream running below, over which dry
leaves were strewn, presenting the semblance
THE WHIT£ BOBE. 69
of a bridge ; and E felt a shrinking that
caused an involuntary pause, and, in the excite-
ment of the moment, she exclaimed, "I shall
surely sink ! " " What I fear, when My ann
doth sustain thee, and I am thy Savioue?"
And again He clasped her yet closer to His
bosom, and, encircled by His strong arm, she
was borne safely over.
She then went up to the gate at the head
of the way, and began to knock. And now
the same blessed Saviour, wTiose companionship
had been so sweet to her through all her jour-
ney, looked over the battlements of the beautiful
city, and said, " You need not knock here ; you
knocked in the other world, and you now have
a right to enter.'*
E went in. We need not say that her
raptured eyes now beheld the King in His
beauty. And there, also, she beheld the com-
pany who had preceded her, receiving crowns
from the hand of the Saviour. After handing
one, beautifully set with stars, to one whom
E well knew and much loved. He came
bearing one to her. It was a golden crown,
and valuable indeed ; but it had no stars in it.
E felt somewhat disappointed, and dared
to breathe the thought into the ear of the
Saviour, who had so graciously fulfilled all the
desires of her heart, even as she had ever " told
Him all," while blessed with His sweet commu-
nings by the way. With a beseeching look, sl»
70 BNTIBB DEVOTION TO GOD.
said, " But it has no stars in it I " " Be then
faithful unto deaili," said the compassionate
Jesus, '' and thou shalt have a crown glittering
with as many stars as the one thou hast just
" 'Tis Jesus, the first and the last.
Whose Spirit shall gmde ns safe home :
We '11 praise Him for aU that is past.
And trost Him for aU that 's to oome.'*
*'HoLD that fast which thou hast, that no
man take thy croim," Yes I thy crown is now
awaiting thee! It is thy crown; for at an
infinite expenditure it was purchased for thee.
If earthly crowns are valuable in proportion to
the expenditure of wealth, toil, and blood which
they have cost, who will attempt to estimate the
value of thy crown? He who was rich, — the
Proprietor of heaven and earth, — became poor,
in order that He might purchase this crown for
thee. Not because thou wast His friend ; for at
the time the purchase was made thou wast His
enemy. How wonderful ! How glorious I
" Lamh of God t was ever pain,
Was ever love like ThineP"
And can this crown be lost ? or may another take
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it? K not, why the admonition directly from the
throne of God, " Holdfast th<d no man take
thy crown ?" Ah ! thy crown may be lost, — ^it
may be sold, — another may take it / It will be
lost if thou dost let go thy grasp on the pro-
mises, or dost cease to comply with the con-
ditions on which the promises are made. It
may be sold. Judas sold his for thirty pieces
of silver. I biew a young lady who, I believe,
sold hers for the strange satisfaction of being
affianced for life to one who was out of Christ, —
consequently a child of Satan ; and for the pri-
vilege of thus spending her days, she sold her
crown!. I have known several who have sold
it for the friendship of the world. I have known
both men and women to lose it for the privilege
of indulging in pride of opinion, love of reputa-
tion, for foolish talking and jesting, indulgence
in some forbidden pleasures, or some carnal
appetite, with many other things too numerous
to mention.. These did not intend, at the time
the barter was made, that it should be final. But
the moment they began to commute with Satan,
he began to darken the understanding, and the
crown seemed to depreciate in value, until it
eventually appeared well nigh valueless; and
thus, though scarcely intending to make the
barter, it was in effect made, and the crown cost-
ing the Eedeemer's blood was sold for perhaps
less than thirty pieces of silver !
And, alas ! how many I have seen who have
72 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD.
let another take their crown! Varions iHus-
trations, of which I have personal knowledge,
come pressing upon my mind. I knew one who
was often prayerful and earnest, and not inten-
tionally insincere. If to give her goods to feed
the poor, or her body to be burned, had been
clearly presented as a Divine requirement, she
might not have hesitated ; but the professing
her faith in Christ with her mouth, the com-
ing out in open profession, to stand marked
before the world as an active Christian; this,
with other things of like nature, was the
stone of stumbling, the rock of offence; and
for this cause she came near letting another
take her crown. Yet she did not know that the
fact of renouncing her wiU on these points stood
in connexion with the reception of her crown.
Nor is it probable that she ever would have
known it, if she had not come to an entire
surrender, involving her will on these and other
points. Her fearless and unyielding resolve
now was, "Though I die in the effort to do
my duty, I will do it." Duty was then made
plain. " If any man will do His will, he shall
know of the doctrine.*' Abundant opportunities
to labour and to testify for God were presented ;
and these efforts were blessed to the spiritual
good of many. This unwillingness to confess
with the mouth had stood in connexion with an
inherent shrinking from mingling in common
with the mass; but when the will was given
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up to Christ, He took it, and caused that will
to flow out upon the world through the channel
of His own blessed will. And the class* of
persons who heard the Saviour gladly, was
the very class to which she now most loved to
minister. Pride, or the affectation of aristo-
cratic feeling and demeanour, only excited her
compassions now for the blindness of those who
were under an influence so unlike to Christ.
Opportunities to lay up treasure in heaven
were sought after and seized upon more eagerly
than the miser seeks after and seizes the gold
that perisheth. Por this, former opinions of
etiquette, or mere ceremonious attentions, were
often sacrificed ; but by thus being " instant in
season, out of season," stars were being added
to her crown, and she felt that the dignity
of her high calling far exceeded the loftiest
aspirations of the high-bom worldling. Often
did she sing, —
" On all the grovelliug sons of earth
With pity I look down,
And claim, in virtue of my birth,
A never-fading crovm"
Once, on an occasion soon after the entire
dedication of herself to God, she had left her
beloved home for a short time to labour for
Gx)d. She had seen some converted, and others
wholly sanctified, through her instrumentality;
but the enemy tempted her with thoughts of
being away from home without her earthly pro-
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lector, and other suggestions of like bearing.
The Spirit at once said to her heart, "Pray
that ye enter not into temptation." She had
scarcely presented her case, before the Saviour
said, " If you had not given that dear object up
to Me, and given Me the highest place in your
affections, you would not have been here to
labour under these circumstances." She re-
membered those who had been blessed through
her agency, and thought, "Would these souls
have been left unblessed, and would the various
work in connexion with the salvation of souls,
which within these few days I have been called to
do, — would this work have been left undone?"
— " No ! " said the Holy Spirit. " God would
have raised up another to do your work. Had you
not given Christ the throne of your affections,
and resolved to love other objects subserviently
to Him, and only as precious gifts from Him, the
crown which you are now, through the aid of
the Spirit, gemming with stars, would have been
given to another. By the entire surrender you
have made, you have just saved your crown ; for
God would have called another to do your work ;
and if another had done the work, another had
taken the crown."
I have recently been informed of one who has
doubtless lost his crown. His attention was
strongly urged to the holy ministry. For some
years he felt deeply solicitous on this subject ;
but the world presented other pursuits, and his
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spirit shrank from its high responsibilities, its
self-sacrificing duties. But trials came. One
sorrow in quick and continuous succession fol-
lowed another, till, by afflictive providences, he
was assured that he was not now required to
minister in the sanctuary ; and that if he would,
he could not ; for the hand of God had been laid
heavily upon him, and he was disabled. God, who
at the beginning of the dispensation of the Spirit
said, " Your young men shall see visions, and your
old men shall di*eam dreams," sealed instruction
upon his mind in the following manner : —
He thought he was taken up to heaven, where
he saw many crowns laid up. His attention was
directed to a large number laid up together;
which, he was told, were crowns laid up for
Ministers of the denomination to which he
belonged. He noticed that the crowns differed
greatly in brilliancy. Some were beautifully set
with stars ; while others were almost or quite
starless. As he looked them over with intense
interest, he would hold up now this, now the
other, inquiring whom it was for. Of the
names mentioned, some had not yet passed over
the boundaries of time, and others were inhabit-
ants of eternity.
At last he held up one more brilliant than any
other, and with eagerness exclaimed, " And to
whom does this belong?*' "That was yours,"
was the reply ; " but you refused to do the work
that the Lord had for you to do, and it was
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given to Mr. ." The Minister whose name
was mentioned, was an eminent revivalist .still
living. How he felt on waking, can more easily
be conceived than described. What would he
have given to put himself back in the circum-
stances of years before, when he might have held
fast, and not permitted another to take his crown ?
Eeader, would you have the identical crown
which God has laid up for you ? Then resolve
this moment, in the strength of Jesus, that you
will not rest your head upon your pillow, until
you know that you are cleansed from all filthi-
ness of the flesh and spirit. Then will you be a
vessel fitted for the Master's use, and ready for
every good work. An abundant entrance will
be ministered unto you ; and your Saviour will
at last give you your crown, set with many stars.
" And ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the
door, saying. Lord, Lord, open unto ns." — Saviouk.
E HAD a friend who did not believe that
the injunctions, " Come out from among them,
and be ye separate," " Be not conformed to this
world," and kindred passages, have any thing to
do with the external appearance of the Christian.
THE DISAPPOINTMENT. 77
She was united in cliurch -fellowship with a de-
nomination which does not recognise these things
as important ; and she had been heard to speak
contemptuously of those contracted views that
would induce one, in coming out in a religious
profession, to make such a change in external
appearance and habits, as to excite observation.
We should be far from favouring an intima-
tion that E 's friend was hypocritical ; she
was only what would be termed "a liberal-
minded professor ;" and was not more insincere
than are thousands who stand on what would
be termed " an ordinary eminence in religious
The wasting consumption gradually preyed
upon the vitals of this friend, and E , who
lives in a distant city, went to see her. E ,
though not at the time so ftdly devoted herself
as she might have been, was concerned to find
her friend as much engaged with the vanities of
the world, and as much interested about con-
forming to its customs, as ever ; and she ven-
tured to say, " I did not suppose you would
think so much about these things now."
Her friend felt somewhat indignant at the
remark, and observed, " I do not know that I
am more conformed to the world than yourself:
the denomination to which you belong regards
these things as wrong ; but our people do not
think religion has any thing to do with these
78 ENTIEE DEVOTION TO GOD.
The hand of withering disease continued re-
lentlessly laid on E 's friend; and as she
drew nearer eternity, her blissful hopes of im-
mortality and eternal life seemed to gather yet
greater brightness. Again and yet again her
friends gathered around her dying couch, to hear
her last glowing expressions, and to witness her
peaceful departure. Such was her composure,
that she desired her shroud might be in readi-
ness ; so that she might, before the mirror, be-
hold her body arrayed for its peaceful resting-
Her friend E was forced to leave for the
city a day or two before her dissolution, and
called to take her final farewell. " We shall not
meet again on earth," said the dying one ; " but
doubtless we shall meet in heaven. On my
own part, I have no more doubt than if I were
already there ; and I cannot but hope that you
will be faithful [unto death. We shall then
meet." They^then bade each other a last
The moment at last came when death was
permitted to do his fearful work. The devoted
friends had again gathered around the bed of
the dying fair one, to witness her peaceful exit.
Respiration grew shorter and shorter, and at
last ceased ; and they deemed the spirit already
in the embrace of blissful messengers, who were
winging it to paradise. A fearful shriek I and
in a moment they beheld her that they had
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looked upon as the departed, sitting upright
before them, with every feature distorted.
Horror and disappointment had transformed
that placid countenance ; so that it exhibited an
expression indescribably fiendish. " I can't
die !" vociferated the terrified, disappointed
one. " I won't die ! " At that moment the
door opened, and her Minister entered. " Out
of the door, thou deceiver of men ! " she again
vociferated ; fell back, and was no more I
MAN OR ANGEL.
I WOULD EATHEB BE A MAN THAN AN ANGEL.
I WOULD rather be a man than an angel, be-
cause men may do what angels may not do.
The angel could not tell Cornelius about salva-
tion through Christ ; he could only tell Corne-
lius to send for Peter. It seems to have been
ordained in the economy of grace, that man
should be saved by man ; hence God will com-
mission men to do what the highest archangel
in heaven may not do. Christ left the bosom
of His Father, and came from heaven to earth
to save men. If Gabriel could have been com-
missioned to rescue and save the perishing sons
of earth, he might have come down robed in
angelic brightness, as when Daniel fainted
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at his presence. And if such an embodiment of
goodness as was found in Daniel, sank over-
whelmed at his presence ; what would have
been the consternation of a sinner, polluted
and wholly estranged from God ? But Christ
took not upon Him the nature of angels, He
became in fashion as a man. As man, He
conversed with men. Had He even been
robed in garments of light, as on the Mount
of Transfiguration, men would have been
overawed with the majesty of His presence,
and incapacitated to hear the gracious words
which proceeded out of His mouth, and to
listen to His offer of salvation. Verily He
took not upon Him the nature of angels ; but,
taking upon Himself the likeness of sinful flesh.
He accomplished His mission of mercy, and
ascended on high. But has His image for ever
faded away from earth ? No 1 He has left His
image, — His representatives ; for as. He was,
even so are we in this world. He died to re-
store the image of the heavenly ; not the image
of angels, but the image of God, And now He
says to His once rebellious people, " I will put
My Spirit within you ; and I will walk in you,
and dwell in you." And thus it is with the
believer who is saved from indwelling sin.
Though still in the world, and inhabiting a
human form, he is not of the world.
How wonderful the assertion, yet how true I
*' Ye are not of the world, even as I am not of
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the world 1" Then the Christian, who has been
redeemed from earth by the blood of Christ, is
no more of this world than Christ was of this
world. His home is heaven; and he holds
his conversation, his citizenship, there. While
Christ, in glorified humanity, represents His
redeemed ones before the thi-one of His Father,
He leaves them here to represent Him. His
redeemed family on earth is as truly the object
of His love and saving care, as is His redeemed
family in heaven ; and He can just as truly save
a soul on earth, and keep it free from the touch
of pollution, as He can thus keep a soul in hea-
ven. Who would dare to say otherwise, and limit
the power of Christ which saves to the utter-
most ? If, then, we may as surely be saved and
kept on earth, as though we were already in
heaven, who would not rather inhabit a human
form, and for a short space do the will of God
on earth? How much more glorious to be a
representative of Christ, than to be a represen-
tative of angels ; and how much more efficient,
in the work of saving souls, the services of a
purified spirit inhabiting the human form, than
the service of the highest archangel robed in
celestial brightness 1 O yes ! for a few short
years, if the Lord will, T would rather do the
will of God on earth, than exchange places
with Gabriel. Gabriel may not go, in his form
of unearthly, overwhelming glory, and carry the
offer of salvation to that penitent sinner ; but I
89 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD.
may go. He may not hasten to arrest the steps
of that reckless sinner, whose ways take hold on
death, who, with a few steps more, will plunge
into everlasting burnings : —
" On slippery rocks I see him stand,
"While fiery billows roll beneath."
I may go, and with entreaties and tears urge
him to pause ; but the brightest form in heaven
may not do this. If cleansed from all filthiness
of the flesh and spirit, and filled with the con-
straining love of Christ, I shall be called and
empowered to be a worker together with God in
the great work of saving souls. God will work
through me. If He wants to send a message of
love and mercy to a praying Cornelius, a sink-
ing Peter, or a doubting Thomas, He may send
me. K He would have battles fought, He
works not through angels or invisible agencies ;
but He "teacheth my hands to war, and my
fingers to fight." (Psalm cxliv. 1.) If He would
have the armies of Israel prevail, and His
foes brought willing captives to the foot of the
Cross ; He will employ human agencies in
bringing about the conquest. O the wonderful
privilege of being a worker together with God
in saving a world of sinners; the work which
brought the Lord of glory from His throne to
earth 1 Ah 1 who can estimate the value of a
soul? Were a soul unsaved at the farthest
verge of the universe, and were it impossible
that that soul should be saved,' unless every
JOY OF CHRIST. 83
Christian within the bounds of creation should
go to its rescue, it were an expedition well
worthy the enterprise, in view of the estimate
the Saviour has placed on the soul. And may
the Christian indeed be ^ worker together with
God in saving souls ? Surely this is a work
which an angel might covet ! and who would
not rather be a man than an angel ?
Angels our servants are.
And keep in all our ways,
And in their watchful hands they bear
The sacred sons of grace ;
Unto that heavenly bliss.
They all our steps attend ;
And God Himself our Father is.
And Jesus is our Friend."
JOY OF CHRIST.
HOW TO OBTAIN THE JOY OF CHRIST.
" That they may have My joy fulfilled in them-
selves,*^ The privileges of the Christian have
aU been purchased by the blood of Christ, and
are therefore high and holy, responsibilities.
That is to say, the provision on God*s part
of privileges for us creates the obligation on
our part to attain to their enjoyment. And
are you, reader, a joyful Christian ? Have you
84 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD.
a Christ-like experience in this regard? I do
not ask you whether you have joyous emo-
tions under the exhilaration of an exciting tune,
or some joyous recital by your neighbour ; but.
Is \h<djoy of Christ fulfilled in yourself? Christ
says, " That My joy mo:^ remain in you." What
was Chrisfsjoy? In what did it consist? The
joy of Christ could not have stood in inseparable
connexion with harmonious songs or blissful
recitals ; for these He might have enjoyed
while resting in the bosom of His Father, but
these were not sufficient to detain Him in the
abodes of purity and blessedness. Spirits which
might obey and adore were from eternity at His
command; and had His joy been in these things
only, He had never left those abodes of eternal
and unmingled blessedness. What then was the
joy of Christ ? and how may Christians have His
joy fulfilled in themselves ?
It was the joy of Christ to do the will of His
Father. " Lo, I come to do Thy will, O God."
It was the will of God that Christ should be
made a sacrifice for the sins of the world. It
was the joy of Christ to humble Himself, and
be found in fashion as a man, and to become
obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
But how was the joy of Christ in this ? Was
He not " a man of sorrows and acqiiainted with
grief?" Yes, but joy may consist with sorrow ;
as He said, " I delight to do Thy will, O My
God;" (Psalm xl. 8;) and the Captain of our
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salvation leads out His triumphal armies under
the banner inscribed, " Sorrowful, yet always
Then it was also for the joy that was set before
Him that He "endured the cross, despising the
shame, and is set down at the right hand of the
throne of God." It was for this that He "endured
the contradiction of sinners against Himself." It
was that He might bring many sons unto glory,
that " the Captain of our salvation was made per-
fect through sufferings." Christians, then, may
be joyful, and have joy in prospect also ; though,
in the work of bringing souls from under the
dominion of Satan to Christ, sorrows, deep and
heart-searching, have to be endured.
Though withstood by fiends and men, and by
the seemingly pious or openly vicious, amid suf-
ferings, mental and physical, the Christian may
have the joy of Christ fulfilled in himself. Ay,
he may have Christ Himself within, and then
he win hear his indwelling Saviour say, " The
works that I do shall ye do also ; and greater
works than these shall ye do, because I go unto
my Father." With Christ dwelling within, the
same Spirit that inspires Christ inspires the soul.
The joy that inspires Christ is the inspiration
of that soul. A conscious identification of inter-
est in the work that brought the Saviour from
heaven to earth, how blissful ! O the privilege of
partaking of the joy of Christ in the bliss of sav-
ing souls ! For this joy the Saviour set Himself
8<5 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD.
Apart, sanctified Himself: "For their sakes I
sanctify Myself." And for this purpose is the
believer sanctified, set apart, that he may be a
worker together with Grod in the great work
of saving the world. Sanctification professed,
which does not inspire its professor with feelings
and sentiments in regard to a perishing world
similar to those the Saviour entertained in setting
Himself apart, is not the sanctification of the
Bible. We are not unmindful of the fact, that
Christ set Himself apart as a vicarious sacrifice,
and that there can be nothing vicarious in the
sufferings of the Christian ; but there is a sense in
which the Christian is left to fill up ** that which
is behind of the aflBiictions of Christ." And the
Christian, possessing the spirit of his Master,
for the joy set before him, in prospect of saving
souls and bringing many sons to glory, wiU be
brought to know the fellowship of Christ's suffer-
ings. But when he looks with an eye of faith
down the vista of time, and, piercing the veil of
eternity, beholds among the ranks of the re-
deemed those who, through his instrumentality,
have been won from the ranks of Satan, who can
tell the joy, the bliss of the inspiring vision P
Then the joy of Christ may be, ay, must be, the
joy of the Christian. Christians must be happy ;
and they will be happy, if the aims which in-
spire the heart of the Saviour inspire their
Is a joylees disciple now reading these lines P
JOY OP CHRIST. 87
Pause and ask yourself, ** Wherefore joyless P"
Have you yet put yourself in the way of attain-
ing the joy of Christ ? Have you set yourself
apart, and placed yourself upon God*s altar, to
live not to please yourself, even as Christ lived not
to please Himself, but to consecrate yourself to
the work for which Christ consecrated Himself,
that is, the salvation of precious souls P If you
have not done this, you have not, yet come to the
point where you can have the full joy of Christ.
Set yourself apart now, to live as it were out of
yourself, in the will of God. What had Christ
to do with merely human satisfactions, apart from
the will of His Father ? He took not upon Him-
self the nature of angels, but the nature of men,
and was very man as truly as very God. But
He lived not to please Himself.
Eesolve that you will live no longer to please
yourself, but that all your joys shall be Christ's
joys. And with this resolve set yourself apart
to work for God. After you have laid yoiorself,
with your will on everi^ point, upon the dtar, you
may know that God receives you ; for the altar
is God's altar, an altar most holy. The moment
your offering is laid upon it, it is sanctified ; for
the altar sanctijieth the gift. Whatsoever toucheth
the altar shall be holy. You present your sacri-
fice through Christ, and an offering presented to
God THROUGH Christ is hohf and acceptable.
While resting on this hallowed altar, even Christ,
whose atonement taketh away the sins of the
88 ENTIEE DEVOTION TO GOD.
world, let not your chief solicitude be about
joyous emotion. What you need is holiness ^ the
image of God. This you receive in resting
your whole being on Christ. " For as many as
touched Him were made whole of whatsoever
disease they had ;" and thus now, it is only to
touch Christ in faith, and according to thy faith
it is done unto thee. And is the offering now
presented ? Can you say ? —
" 'T is done : the great transaction 's done ;
I am my Lord's, and He is mine."
Then begin from this moment to act upon the
principle that you are no more your own. You
belong to Christ. Let Christ's work be your
work. If He came from heaven to earth to save
sinners, deem no journeying, no labours, and no
exile from kindred spirits or blissful climes, too
self-sacrificing. Think of your Divine Eedeemer,
your precious Saviour, " who, for the Joy that
was set before Him, endured the cross, despising
the shame, and is now set down at the right hand
of the throne of God." Then shall you have the
joy of Christ fulfilled in yourself.
" Wouldst thon the mind of Christ possess P
Wouldst thou in joy abound ?
Know, holiness and happiness
Are in one channel fonnd I
" Be holy then, and Christ's own joy
Shall unto thee be given,
And God will all thy powers employ
In bringing souls to heaven."
SAVED NOW. 89
SANCTIFICATION SIMPLIPIED TO A CHILD.
Said a pious mother to a little daughter, who
was on the eve of attending a special means of
grace, " Daughter, you have been a professor of
religion for some time, and you ought to expect
to get much good in attending this meeting.
Yes, you ought to expect to get much more re-
ligion. I do not see why you ought not to
expect to be wholly sanctified."
The child listened attentively, and then rather
earnestly exclaimed, " Why, Ma, I hardly know
what you mean by that. If you mean to be so
saved as never to sin again, that is what I never
could dol^* The latter was said with so much
warmth, that the pious mother saw that her
daughter had, like many other professors, imbibed
the idea, that sin is not so exceedingly sinful as
set forth in the Scriptures of truth. And though
the mother imagined her daughter might not
fully understand the meaning of the term " mnc-
tification^^ if merely spoken of as a doctrine,
yet she was not prepared to see her shrink so in-
stinctively from a state which she imagined might
imply salvation from all sin. Said the mother
** Daughter, God hates sin now just as much
90 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD.
as He hated it in the days of Adam. God is
unchangeable in His nature. With Him 'there is
neither variableness nor shadow of turning,' * the
same yesterday, to-day, and for ever.* Think of
the effect of one sin in the days of Adam, — how
it has been felt along down through time, even
till the present hour 1 We are feeling it to-day,
and its effect will be felt down to the end of
time ! Only think, all this the effect of one sin /
And now think of Moses, what a good man he
was, how God loved him ; but he committed one
sin, he spake unadvisedly with his lips. But O
the displeasure of God ! How greatly did Moses
desire to go into the promised land 1 how he
entreated the Lord to* let him go over! Bui
Moses had sinned, and the Lord would not be
entreated. Now, my daughter, if you knew that
with the very next sin which you commit you
would be ushered into the eternal world with the
guilt, the stain of that sin, upon your gar-
ments, would you not be very carefiil how you
sinned ? Tou know you could not be saved with
the least stain upon your garments. You will
remember the man that was found speechless I"
That little daughter stood mute with astonish-
ment. Probably she had never before had such
perceptions of the exceeding sinfulness of sin,
and the certainty with which it banishes the
soul endlessly from God. And still she stood
gazing upon the face of that earnest mother,
while that mother still waited and repeated her
MABRIED TO THEE. 91
importunate inquiry, " What would my daugh-
ter do if she knew that, while in the act of com-
mitting the next sin, she would be ushered into
eternity ? " At length that mother relieved her
anxious daughter, by saying, " I can tell you, my
dear daughter, what I think you would do. You
would be every moment looking to Jesus. O how
carefully you would be every moment watching
against sin! and how truly you would this and
every coming moment (just as you breathe) be
casting yourself on Christ, and trvsting in Christ
to save you from sin I and while you are trusting
in Him thus carefully to save you from sin, He
would save you, — would He not ? "
The child's eyes brightened, for her spirit was
relieved. She saw that there was a way in which
she might be saved from sin every moTnent, And
the simplicity of the process relieved and de-
lighted her. Will the reader, however young
or old, begin to try the simple process tww ?
MARRIED TO THEE.
COVENANT WITH GOD CONTEMPLATED. •
" Come and let us join ourselves to the Lord in a perpetual
covenant that shall not be forgotten." — Jer. 1. 5.
It is said of the beloved Summerfield, that
on one occasion, before a large audience, he
ENTIEB DEVOTION TO GOD.
announced a marriage ceremony about to be per-
formed. The excited assembly, in almost breath-
less suspense, waited the introduction of the par-
ties concerned, when the devoted one announced
himself as one of the parties, and observed, in a
manner solemn as eternity, that he was now about
to be united in marriage covenant. He then, with
a solemnity never to be forgotten, brought him-
self under bonds of eternal allegiance to Christ ;
to take Him as the bridegroom of his soul, the
only and supreme object of his heart's adoration ;
and to have all his interests for time and for
eternity in prominent, enUre, and perpetual one-
ness with Christ.
" I have made a covenant with my chosen,"
says the High and Holy One to His servant
David. And now, precious lover of Jesus, thy
Saviour only Avaits for thy well considered
decision, and an avowal of perpetual and all-
absorbing love on thy part, as preparatory to
entering into covenant with thee. He is even
now waiting for an entire surrender of thy whole
being to Him, for an explicit avowal of thy pur-
poses, in order to verify before all the hierarchy
of His vast dominions the explicit declaration
on His part, " I am married to thee."
You may say, " I am fearftd of thus solenmly
engaging myself, lest, in an unguarded moment,
I should violate my pledge; and is it not better to
remain unpledged than to vow and not perform? "
Can you conceive yourself so won with the love-
MABBIED TO THEE. 93
liness of a fellow-being as to venture in marriage
covenant, without fearful forebodings of incon-
stancy ? Were I, on this principle, to dissuade
you from entering into the solemnities of the
marriage contract with one worthy of your love,
would you not reproachfully repel the suggestion,
with the persuasion that I had but little know-
ledge of the strength of your affection, or the ex-
ceeding amiability of your friend ? Would you
not rather contemplate the blessedness of an
enduring relationship, in confident expectation
that a riper knowledge would but heighten your
estimation, and increase the ardour of your love ?
And now can you not, in expectation of cor-
responding results, contemplate an ever-during
union with the Altogether Lovely? If thus
taken into entire oneness in interest and de-
sign with Christ, may you not conclude that,
looking upon Him, your mind will become ab-
sorbed in the contemplation of His infinite and
ineffable attractions, and your spirit so captivated
with new and ceaseless revelations of loveliness
daily, that you will evermore be enabled to testify
to the glory of your Saviour P —
*' His loveliness my soul has prepossessed.
And left no room for any other gnest."
*' But may I not in affection and interest be
as truly in oneness with the Saviour without
taking upon me the responsibilities of a solemn
covenant engagement? " On the same principle as
in the alliance before referred to, I say, No I You
94 ENTIBB DEVOTION TO GOB.
uDhesitatingly concede that you would not wish
to be left in this state of indefiniteness and irre-
sponsibility relative to a union with one to whom
your earthly affections were devoted ; and do you
not need the same restraints in order to have
your affections centred on the Saviour with per-
manency and definiteness, and beyond the reach
of casualty ?
Will you not now contemplate the blessedness
of an avowed and eternal union with Jesus, and
take upon yourself, through His grace, the respon-
sibilities of an everlasting covenant, to be wholly
His for time and for eternity P I do not ask that
you assume the inffnitely important obligations
implied, without the most careful circumspection.
Let it not be other than "a covenant in all
things ordered and sure ;" so that in future your
heart may not be tempted to say, " This and the
other sacrifice were not contemplated." But why
do we thus imagine, when it is to the embrace of
infinite love, wisdom, and power, that the sur-
render is made? Can you anticipate requirements
with which your spirit would hesitate to comply?
Kather do you say, " Can it be that my con-
descending Lord wiU deign to enter into cove-
nant with one so unworthy ? May I, after per-
mitting the eye of my mind to rest on other
objects which have in part usurped the place
where my Saviour only should have stood, pre-
sume that He will look favourably upon me?
Will He not chidingly reprove, if now I venture
MAEUIED TO THEE. 96
to lay hold upon His strength to make covenant
with Him ? Other gods have had dominion over
me, and has He not declared Himself a jealous
God ?" True ; but He also says, " I, even I, am
He that blotteth out thy transgressions for Mine
own sake, and will not remember thy sins."
(Isaiah xliii. 25.) Come, then, this moment
with decisive feeling and action. He has pro-
mised not only to forgive, but to love you freely.
Surrender that heart in perpetual keeping to
Him, and by the infinite virtue there is even in
the touch (Mark vi. 56) of Jesus, the defilement
of sin is taken away. Resting in His embrace,
the hidden springs of the heart are so turned, that
the tide of its affections flows out to Him, and
through Him upon such objects only as His own
compassionate heart would love and cherish.
Thus alone can you be brought to love just what
God loves ; and by this process only can you, in
heart and action, be brought to fall in spontane-
ously with all His designs, so that your interests
will all be united with the interests of the Re-
If you ever thus take Christ as the Bridegroom
of your soul, the decisive hour must arrive for
the consummation of that union. It has only
been delayed for want of an entire acquiescence
on your part. The Heavenly Bridegroom even
now is waiting with glorious attendants from the
upper world to hear your decision, to bring on
the consummation, and to ratify and record on
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the pages of eternity the infinitely responsible
act. He now presents the terms of the covenant,
and invites you in His strength to lay hold upon
it. Will you keep Him longer waiting, and sub-
ject yourself to the fearful probability of His
taking a final d^arture? or will you signal-
ize this eventful, solemn hour on the annals of
eternity, as the specific period when you sub-
scribed your name to a covenant which brought
you under obligations never to be annulled, to a
perpetual surrender of your being to Him ?
** O happy day that fix'd my choice
On Thee, my Saviour and my God I
Yle^ may this glowing heart rejoice.
And tell its rsptnres all abroad."
** And because of all this we make a sure covenant, and
write it and seal unto it." — Neh. ix. 38.
" O happy day that sealed my vows
To Him who merits all my love !**
In the name and in the presence of the triune
Deity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, I do hereby
consecrate body, soul, and spirit, time, talents,
influence, family, and estate, — all with which I
stand connected, near or remote, to be for ever,
and in the most unlimited sense, the Lobd's.
My body I lay upon Thine altar, O Lord, thai
it may be a temple for the Holy Spirit to dwell
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in. From hencefortli T rely upon Thy promise,
that Thou wilt live and wjdk in me ; believing,
as I now surrender myself for all coming time to
Thee, that Thou dost condescend to enter this
Thy temple, and dost from this solemn moment
hallow it with Thy indwelling presence. The
union is consummated ! " Hallelujah to Grod
and the Lamb for ever ! " With comminglings of
intense yet solemn joy, and holy fear, I do at
this eventful hour resolve, in the strength of the
Lord Jehovah, on minute circumspection in the
sustainment and adornment of my body, to
indulge in only such things as may be enjoyed
in the name of the Lord, and bear the legible
inscription, " Holiness to the Loed."
My present and my future possessions, in
family or estate, I here solemnly yield up in
everlasting covenant to Thee. If sent forth
as Thy servant Jacob, to commence the pil-
grimage of life alone, and under discouraging cir-
cumstances ; if, like him, homeless, with nought
but a stone for my pillow; yet, with him, I
will solemnly vow, " Of all that Thou shalt give
me, surely the tenth will I give unto Thee."
If Thou wilt, or hast already intrusted me with
children, I hereby take upon myself the solemn
obligation to train them for Thee. I resolve,
that my training shall be in view of fitting them
for the self-sacrificing service of God, and laying
up treasure in heaven, rather than in view of
fitting them to make a display in the world, and
98 ENTIBE DEVOTION TO GOD.
lay up treasures on earth. And I resolve, if Thou
givest " power to get wealth," I will still con-
tinue to regard this vow, in relation to my family,
as sacredly binding as at the present hour, and
will of my greater abundance " lay by in store "
proportionately for charities, and the evangeliza-
tion of the world, according as God hath pros-
Believing that the Scriptures are a sufficient
rule for my faith and practice, because "aW
Scripture is given by inspiration of Grod, and is
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction,
and for instruction in righteousness;" I resolve
that I will search the Scriptures daily on
my knees, (unless circumstances of health alto-
gether prevent,) as in the more immediate pre-
sence of God; and that my faith and my
duties shall be regulated by the unadulterated
WORD OF God, rather than by the opinions of
men in regard to that word ; and that no impres-
sions in relation to doctrines or duties shall be
regarded as coming from God, unless the said
doctrine or duty be plainly taught in the Holy
And now, " O Lord, the great and dreadful
God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them
that love Him and to them that keep His com-
mandments," confessing that I am utterly un-
able to keep one of the least of Thy command-
ments, unless endued with power from on high, I
hereby covenant to trust in Thee for the needful
A COYENAMT. 99
aid of Thy Spirit. Thou dost now behold my
entire being presented to Thee a living sacrifice.
Already is the offering laid npon Thine altar. I
call heaven and earth, God the Father, Son, and
Spirit, the spirits of just men made perfect, and
the innumerable company of angels now encamped
around me, to witness this solemn act of entire,
absolute, irrevocable renunciation of sin and self I
Yes, my all w upon Thine altar. O Grod, Father
of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, behold the
offering 1 By the hallowing fires of burning love,
let it now be consumed 1 Let the purifying,
consuming energies of the Holy Spirit now
penetrate soul and body, and cause every power
of body and mind to ascend in ceaseless flames
of love and praise, a living sacrifice. O Christ,
Thou dost accept the sacrifice, and through Thy
meritorious life and death, the infinite efficacy of
the blood of the everlasting covenant. Thou dost
accept me as Thine for ever, and dost present
me before the throne of the Father without
" No more I stagger at Thy word.
Or doubt Thy truth which cannot move."
Thou dost condescend to espouse me to Thyself
in the bonds of an everlasting covenant in all
things well ordered and sure, and from hence-
forth all my interests in time and eternity are
blended in everlasting oneness with the Father
and with His Son Jesus Christ, my fellowship is
with the triune Deity, my citizenship in heaven !
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And now, O Lord, I will hold fast the profession
of this my faith before Thee, before angels, and
before men. The exceeding great and precious
promises upon which I have here laid hold, have
been given me on condition of my complying with
the terms thereunto annexed. Through the
power of Thy Spirit alone I have complied with
the conditions laid down in Thy Word upon
which Thou dost promise to enter into these
covenant engagements with me ; and now, before
angels and men, I will declare my faith in Thee
as my covenant-keeping God. And as I solemnly
purpose that I would sooner die than break my
covenant engagements with Thee, so will I, in
obedience to the command of God, hold fast
the profession of my faith unwaveringly, in face
of an accusing enemy and an accusing world.
And this I will through Thy grace do, irre-
spective of my emotions, resolved that my faith
in God shall not depend on my uncertain emo-
tions. Now, O God, my covenant engagements
are before Thee. Thou hast registered them, on
the pages of eternity. Already have they been
ratified before the throne in the name of the
Triune Deity, Father, Son, and Spirit. Trust-
ing in Thee to keep me that I may never break
from Thee by violating this my solemn cove-
nant, I hereunto set my hand and seal, on this
day of , 18 — .
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HOW ENTIRE SANCTIFICATION IS TO BE
It is only by an entire and continual reliance
on Christ, that a state of entire sanctification
can be retained. The sacrifices under the old
dispensation were sanctified by the altar upon
which they were laid. Had the offerer resumed
the sacrifice, to the degree he resumed it, to
that degree it would have ceased to be sanc-
tified; for it was the altar that sanctified the
gift. Thus, under the Christian dispensation,
the entire sanctification of spirit, soul, and body
takes place the moment the entire being is laid
believingly tipon the Christian altar. And when
the entire being touches Christ, that moment it is
holy. For " whatsoever toucheth the altar shall
be holy." As many as touched Jesus, when on
earth, were made whole by the virtue that went
out of Him.
The only way to retain the grace of entire
sanctification is by keeping all upon the altar.
As the soul progresses, increased knowledge and
strength involve higher responsibilities. Propor-
tionate to the light are the responsibilities, bring-
ing into requisition yet more and more of the spirit
of sacrifice. In order to retain a state of entire
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sanctification, these responsibilities must be met.
And through Christ, who strengtheneth, they
can be met. The strength of Christ is imparted to
the soul that relies wholly on Him. The soul that
thus relies, has only to ask, " Could my Saviour
have endured under such a trial ? such a cross ?
or under any circumstances, however varied, in
which I may be placed ? — then I may endure." " I
can do all things through Christ which strength-
eneth me ;" not only who did strengthen, or can
strengthen, but who strengtheneth just now, and
continually, for every emergency as it occurs.
It is only by a careful, constant, and entire reli-
ance on Christ, that holiness can be retained.
It is an important consideration, that the en-
tire way to heaven is narrow. It is the way
of the cross. We sometimes hear persons speak
of going around the cross; but those who
speak thus have not carefully acquainted
themselves with the chart leading from earth
to heaven. The cross covers aU the way to
heaven. He who would be a disciple begins
to lift it, in the strength of Christ, the first step
he takes in the heavenward course. Before he
entered upon the way, the Spirit presented the
terms of discipleship, and never could he have
become a follower of Christ unless he had re-
solved on entire compliance with the conditions
of discipleship, which, in the Saviour's own
words, stand recorded thus: "If ant man
WILL BE My disciple, let him dent him-
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SELF, TAKE XJP HIS CKOSS, AND FOLLOW Me."
Yet we would not have it inferred that the soul
will have occasion to say, " The burden of the
Lord," while enduring the needful cross, in or-
der to retain a state of entire sanctification ; for
love knows no burdens. Christ's yoke is easy
and His burden light. The strength of Christ
being imparted to the soul that trusts wholly in
Him, how can the burden be otherwise than
easy, and even delightsome, when borne in
almighty strength, and with the soul filled with
the constraining love of Christ ?
Yet we would have it known that the blessing
of entire sanctification cannot be understandingly
retained otherwise than by the most careful cir-
cumspection in all things. The walk of those pro-
fessing this grace must not be such as rightfully
to provoke the inquiry, " What do ye more than
others ? " The pursuits, the equipage, and the
whole exterior, serve as an index to the mind ;
and to the degree conformity to this world
is practised, is the default in regard to worldly
renunciation evident ; and to a proportionate
degree would a profession of entire sanctification
be questionable and uninfluential.
Perhaps some may say, "When I received
the blessing of entire sanctification, my mind
was not convinced that exterior things stand in
such close connexion with deep internal piety."
We would not suspect the sincerity of such,
but would ask, Have you been faithful to all
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the convictions you have since had in regard to
these matters ? As you have been going onward
in the highway cast up for the ransomed of the
Lord to walk in, has not clearer light been
given, discovering further responsibilities and
sacrifices, as connected with your vows of entire
devotion P Did not the Spirit in gentle whispers
tell you, that you might be more useful, if
more evidently cross-bearing and self-sacrificing
in your spirit P Now let me assure you before
God, that unless faithful to this increase of
light, you cannot retain a state of entire sanc-
tification. Increasing light brings increasing
responsibilities. You have abeady made the
sacrifice of your time, talents, reputation — your
all — to God. Unless you take your sacrifice
from off the hallowed altar, you must conclude
to be obedient in these higher duties. You
were not insincere when you made the surrender
of your whole being to God through Christ;
but you may now see that more was involved
in that sacrifice than your perceptions at that
time apprehended ; and surely you will not be
guilty of the sacrilegious act of removing an offer-
ing from off God's altar ; for it was indeed the
Lord's altar upon which you laid your offering ;
and it became His property the moment you laid it
there. If you shrink from any duty, you will take
the offering from off the altar, and then you will
fall from a state of entire sanctification. If you
begin to fall, the Lord only knows how low your
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fall may be. It will not avail you that you have had
a high experience. The greater the height from
which an object falls, the greater the velocity
and the lower the depth to which it sinks !
Think of Lucifer, how exalted his height, yet
how sudden and rapid his fall ! — as lightning he
fell from heaven ! It was because he was so high
that he fell so low. Then keep all upon the
Lord's altar, if you would retain a state of entire
sanctification ; keep ever in the spirit of sacrifice,
and you will ever enjoy the transforming, soul-
cheering presence of the Sanctifier. The Father
Himself will love you, and come and make His
abode with you, and, with the sustainings of
Christ's blissful, hallowing communings, as your
indwelling Saviour, you will prove His infinite
ability to keep you from falling, and to present
you faultless before the presence of His glory
with exceeding joy !
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POWER OF FAITH.
VOICE FROM THE EAST.
PACTS ILLUSTEATIVB OF THE PEINCIPLES PRESENTED
IN THE PBECEDING PAGES.
" But is it possible that I
Should lire and sin no more ?
Lord, if on Thee I dare rely.
The faith shall bring the power."
A Congregational Minister, in addressing
his friend, says thus : " My mind was in a con-
dition of perfect bewilderment. Like a vessel
in a thick fog, I could not possibly ascertain my
position, or satisfy myself that my course was
either right or safe. I knew I had not lived for
years that life of faith and obedience which the
Scriptures clearly required. But how to reach
that elevated position of a divinely wrought
holiness, I knew not. That I was not right,
I well knew ; but how to get so was more
than I knew. I read everything that came to
hand on the subject, and corresponded with
several individuals whom T supposed capable of
rendering me assistance, but all to little apparent
purpose. Not that I think all this really lost
labour ; I do not ; but it seemed at the time
that I was gaining nothing. I was ignorant,
and God was leading me in a way I knew not.
I was in the hands of a kind and skilful Phy-
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sician, who gave His remedies adapted to my
wants, rather than to my taste. But I now see
that what the Lord does to save us from sin,
or to reclaim us from our wanderings, is jiMi
the thing that is calculated to ejffect the object
aimed at. He did not leave me to my own way ;
neither did He trust me with my own manage-
ment. He undertook for mSy and the way I
have been led has 'proved itself to be right. The
Apostle says, " If any man think that he knoweth
anything, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought
to know." Of this declaration I have had some
blessed experience. I have effectually learned
the difference between dimne and human light.
We can understand human things, or earthly
things, but * the things of God knoweth no
man.' For instruction in these things we are
indebted to the Spirit of God. But the Lord
did neither leave nor forsake me. He patiently
endured all my stupidity and all my carnality ;
and, in so doing, verified the declaration of His
own word, that His compassions fail not. But
you will want to know where I am, and what
has been done for me. And here, dear sister, I
must proceed cautiously: we have, doubtless,
the right to tell anything and all that the Lord
really does in us ox for us.
" In the first place, then, I can now say that
I understand most fully the idea of having a
Bible experience. The Lord has taught me
by the word. This is a new field for me, but
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the most glorious of any experience I ever had.
When I first read your views, I did not see the
power of the thing ; but the Lord took that very
course with me, and I was amazed at the result !
It does seem as if I obtain a clearer knowledge
of more Scripture in one day than I could before
in a month. And then what conviction of the
truth! I cannot describe it; but you know
what I mean. The prophet says, * All thy chil-
dren shall be taught of God, and great shall be
the peace of thy children.' Let him that hath
a dream tell a dream, but I prefer the other
method of instruction. And now, the Bible, O
how inestimably precious 1 It is my meditation
day and night. I can lean on nothing else now
with any confidence. And again, how full it is !
It meets my every want, answers all my diffi-
culties, solves all my perplexities, — 'profitable
for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction
in righteousness ; ' so that I am thoroughly fur-
nished for every good work. If I ask the Lord
for instruction on any point, I am sure to get
my answer by reference to the woed, and that
in most instances before I rise from prayer 1 I
do not wonder that the natural man does not
understand the things of the Spirit; for they
are spiritually discerned. I do not wonder
that they are foolishness to him. My heart
says, * Praise the Lord ; ' and you will say so
too, when you read this.
"Another experience I will mention, — ^what
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you call * the rest of faith.' Your term expresses
the idea as I now apprehend it. I can enter
right into your very idea, as it seems to me, and
verify the Scripture declaration, *We who be-
lieve do enter into rest,'' This rest is truly a
ceasing from our own work. For it is God that
worketh in us, both to will and to do of His
good pleasure. My labours, and toils, and
struggles are over, and my soul rests in God.
I am given up into His hands as His instru-
ment, to be used by Him for the accomplish-
ment of His purposes, whatever they may be.
I deem myself no longer my own, but His,
by purchase, and to be used whoUy in His
" As respects the extent of holiness, I see no
end to it. It is just as illimitable as the source
from whence it proceeds. It is a life hidden in
God. The term, when used as expressive of a
state into which mortals through the blood of
the everlasting covenant may enter, implies a
life hidden in God. Without Christ we can do
nothing. Through Christ, who strengtheneth
us, we can do anything that He would have us
do. And this leads me to say, that the Christian
has no right to a will of his own. He must be
identified with the will of God; an instrument
with which God can accomplish His purposes.
When John was asked what he said of himself,
his reply was, ' I am a voice.'
" God was using him to point out the Saviour.
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This is my will, sister, to be a voice, and have the
Spirit of Grod furnish the matter, and regulate
"What an idea does the Scripture present,
when it declares, * Ye are the temple of the Holy
Ghost ! ' Again : God says by the Prophet, ' /
will dwell in them and walk in them.' And are
we indeed the representatives of God P Has the
great God no better way of manifesting Himself
than to take our bodies, and act out Himself in
us ? Surely, professed Christians do not realize
the fact, or they could not exhibit such traits
of character as many of them dol I do not
wonder that the Spirit leaves so many. Surely
they do not do honour to the Being they repre-
sent. But will God thus dwell with men?
Most surely Christians are called to exhibit
before the world an indwelling God; for the
triune Deity takes up His abode with the disciple
who loves Him and keeps His words. Yes, to
the obedient, loving disciple, Christ, as one with
the Father, says, * We will come and make Our
abode with him.' Then loving, obedient Chris-
tians must be God-like, Christ-like. 'Be ye
perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.'
' I in them and Thou in Me, that the world may
know that Thou hast sent Me.' Christ was God
manifest in the flesh, and the life also of Jesus
should be made manifest in His people. (2 Cor.
iv. 10.) Are we such? But I did not take up
my pen to preach, but merely to relate some-
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thing of what the Lord is doing with me. My
desire, my all-absorbing desire, is to be literally
one with God. No desire, no aim, apart from the
will of God. ^11 — body, soul, and spirit — at
the service of God. This is my idea of Scrip-
• " Thy soul, thy body, and thy every power.
Was purchased unto Him, and Him alone ;
And not one day, no, not one passing hoar.
Canst thou by virtual right use as thine own.
The Lord's free servant, thy Redeemer's claim
Seal'd with His blood's deep traceless signature.
Then go forth in His might — ^work in His name —
Prove faithful untO death, thy crown is sure."
FOWER OF FAITH.
VOICE FROM THE SOUTH.
"Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh."
— ^Matt. xii. 34.
"I FEEL an inextinguishable desire to com-
municate a knowledge of the unspeakable bless-
ing which I have received through your instru-
mentality. My acquaintance with your writings
comnaenced in 1846, at which time I read
* Holiness, with Notes by the Way.' It was the
first book which gave me tangible views of the
great doctrine of holiness. In that book I saw
this blessing standing out before my hopes in a
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substantial, practical form. I commenced seek-
ing it in earnest, and, as I now see, was on the
eve of embracing it ; but faith staggered, and the
blessing seemed to take a position at a vast dis-
tance from me, so much so that I sometimes
almost lost my hope of ever attaining it. Still my
determination was to direct my desires and efforts
towards it as long as life shoidd last, spurred
on by the fear that if I failed to attain it, my soul
would be lo^t. I preached it with all the power
I had ; my arguments and appeals on the sub-
ject lashing me all the time with terrible effect.
" In this state of things, and while the subject
of constant and painful doubts as to whether I
was really justified before God, my brother-in-
law, the Kev. I. T. W., now stationed in N ,
N. C, sent me, by mail, * Faith and its Effects.'
This, my dear sister, was made my Joshua, to
guide and urge me into the promised land of
perfect love. In that blessed state I have been
living since last night a week ago. I commenced
reading 'Faith and its Effects,' last Tuesday
evening. The reading was resumed Wednesday
night before the hour of retiring, with no settled
plan of seeking the blessing which the book
describes. I had read on through the sixteenth
Number, when my soul became alarmed in view
of the danger and awful consequences of delay.
I went to my knees with a fixed purpose to make
an effort, and extend it as far as my ability should
reach, and could say, when I knelt down, —
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** 'Already springing hope I feel,
God will destroy the powers of hell.' **
I commenced giving up all as best I could. My
wife came up in my mind, and, after an earnest
effort, I gave her up. Next came my libraxy,
which had often been a snare to me ; this was
also given up. Next came ; he also was
given up. Next, and last, my own will,
" Then passed before me various circumstances
where I had resisted the will of God for my own
gratification. Among other things, I had had,
almost all through my Christian course, a stub-
bom opposition to praying all night long. I had
been willing to pray two or three hours together,
but to continue all through the lonely night
seemed to be horrible. But, by the grace of God,
I was conscious of giving up all without any re-
servation. The Holy Spirit then impressed upon
my mind the duty and vast importance of be-
lieving the offering thus given up accepted and
sanctified. God gave me grace, and this tremend-
ous bar was passed. Next the Holy Spirit
brought to my mind the duty of believing that
God would keep by His power that which I had
committed to Him, on condition that I would
continue by faith to keep the offering in His
" The exercise of this glorious faith, through
the stupendous mercy of God, became a conscious
reality. The solemn engagement was then made,
and ratified between God and my soul, that His
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Spirit would lead, and that I, assisted by His
grace, should follow on till time with me should
be no more. And now, my dear sister, 1 am
* kept by the power of God through faith unto
salvation.' * Satan cometh, and hath nothing in
me.' Still he is permitted to tempt, but not to
overcome. I had a terrible struggle with him
last Saturday night. He had been whispering
all day long that 1 ought to have a greater ful-
ness and clearer light. I commenced my evening
devotions before dark. Soon the cry of my soul
was, ^lAght I light ! LIGHT 1 ' the words of my
Saviour, meanwhile, sounding in my ear, ' If ye
abide in Me and My words abide in you, ye shall
ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.'
The tempter, not questioning my sanctification,
suggested that my request was within the limits
of the promises, and that if 1 did not realize what
I was praying for, my sanctification would neces-
sarily die out. I was seized with horror at such
an awful thought, and an agony ensued, calling
into requisition every power of my mind, soul,
and body. The roaring of the fiend, during this
struggle, seemed to make heaven and earth
tremble. But when the struggle was at the
height of its terror, these words came as from
the lips of an angel : * Blessed is he that is
tempted ; for when he is tried, he shall receive
the crown of life.' Immediately the battle was
turned to the gate, and the tempter left me in
the calm confidence of triumphant and unshaken
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faith. Next morning, resuming my devotions at
an early hour, I rejoiced in full and certain assu-
rance that my name is written in heaven, and
engraven on the palms of my Saviour's hands.
Though your descriptions of this state are glow-
ing, yet I can truly say, that the half was not
This perfect love, H is perfect, perfect bliss :
All is well, all is well.
what a happy happiness is this !
All 18 well, all is well.
To hear Him whisper, * Thou art Mine,
And all in Me, My child, is thine,*
O, these are triumphs all Divine ;
All is well, all is well.
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VOICE FEOM THE WEST.*
" Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou
shouldest see the glory of God ? "—John xi. 40.
" Reader, without fail read the letter, on the
experience of perfect love, in this week's paper,
and bless Gk)d that the administration of the
Divine Spirit is still continued to the souls of
those who 'believe in the Holy Ghost.* We
trust the sister who wrote the letter, and the
sister who furnished it for our columns, will be
induced to write more on this subject, and favour
♦ The above is from the " Western Christian Advocate."
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our readers with the perusal. In the meantime,
those who have not read the communication which
proved so useftd to our itinerant brother, will
now read it, and, like him, simply believe in the
sufficiency of God the Father, Son, and Spirit,
to accomplish this work in the hearts of men." —
Rev. Br, Elliott^ Editor of the JFeatem Christian
"PEKFECT LOVE EXPERIENCED."
" On the 6th of December, the writer, like
many others, tried to preach on the subject of
holiness, without enjoying it himself. His heart
was warm with the importance of the subject, as
it frequently had been for a number of years.
But he often felt much like the teacher who tries
to instruct the pupil in lessons of which he him-
self is ignorant. But, thanks be to God, a
change has been wrought.
" On reaching home, the evening of the 6th
instant, the writer took from the office the last
number of the * Advocate,' which was published
on the 3rd of December. About nine o'clock
he read the article headed * Holiness.' It was
an extract of a letter written by the author of
the • Way of Holiness.' Before he had finished
reading it, he saw and felt that he might then
obtain the blessing. However, he continued
reading till the article was finished. Then,
pausing, he lay back in his chair, with his hat on
his head, and the ' Advocate ' in his hand, and
prayed as follows : * Lord ! Thou art willing
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und Thou art able to save me. O Lord ! Thou
hast saved me now from all sin. Thou hast — I
cannot dovht it I Thou hast saved me from all
sin.' Then, in one momeni, perfect love filed his
soul / The paper dropped on the carpet, where
it lay till morning, and he clapped his hands and
cried, * Glory to God ! ' This was all done in an
instant. He then threw off his hat and fell on
his knees, and then on the floor, where he re-
mained until near midnight, crying, and praising
" The depth of love was astonishing, but not
so much so as the simple manner of obtaining it.
It was just as simple and as easy as thought.
He had sought for this blessing a number of
years ; but he now thought that he would try
the Lord at His word, and see if He would
receive him, if he would give himself up in this
simple way. He formerly had thought that it
required a great effort upon his part ; but now
he simply paused and sat still in his chair, with-
out any distress of mind, or even shedding a
tear, and whispered a simple prayer in faith,
and the blessing was imparted. Unbelief is now
the great temptation, but faith still retains her
hold. The evidence is brightened every day.
The faith that works by love, and purifies the
heart, is the simplest thing that ever was con-
" The writer daily thinks of the simple teach-
ing of Bishops Janes and Hamline. This bless-
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ing takes down a high spirit, and clothes it with
humility. O that all the world could see its
simplicity, and realize its joy ! The Minister
wants perfect love to show him his duty, and
perfect love to prepare him to discharge it. This
blessing is indescribable. To be brief, it is an
entire change throughout soul and body. With
a heart overflowing with perfect love, the writer
felt it his duty to say something to the readers
of the * Advocate ' concerning this great blessing,
and the means by which it was made his ; and
he trusts Dr. E. will insert sister 's letter
in the next paper. Behold what a blaze a little
fire Mndleth ! "
" And wouldst thou now be sanctified.
From all pollution free ?
Look now to Him who for thee died.
And purchased this for thee.
" Yes, looky«<*^ now I The morrow's sun
Thy new-made grave may view !
And what remains that should be done,
"With all thy might pursue I
" Now is God's time ! the cleansing flood
Is open to thy sight ;
O ! just now wash in Jesus' blood,
And make thy garments white."
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TOICE FROM THE NORTH.
**I KECEIYED the blessing on condition that I would profess
it, iand I dare not withhold my testimony."
" During the last eight months I have been
permitted, in the infinite love of God, to enjoy
the rest of faith, the constant cleansing of the
blood of Jesus, and the continual anointing of
the Spirit, who worketh in me that love which is
the fulfilling of the law. Feeling it my duty to
declare, to the praise of our covenant-keeping
God, what great things He hath done for me,
and hoping that some seeker of full salvation
may be encouraged to persevere by a narration
of my experience, I will endeavour to tell how
the Lord has led me into the highway of holiness.
* He leadeth the blind by a way which they know
not.' Surely thus has He led me; for very-
blind was I, as to the way by which I was to
obtain that holiness which my soul for many
years craved as its life.
" I received in childhood faithful religious
training; and at the age of thirteen, by the
blessing of God on the labours of a devoted
teacher, was converted. I made a public pro-
fession of faith, with a deep sense of the respon-
sibility resting upon me, and a determination to
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be a consistent Bible Christian. For a few years
my attention was cluefly directed to the outward
duties of my profession, while the need of a
deep inward work was unfelt. At length it
pleased God, through the labours of a devoted
brother, who experienced and preached holiness,
to awaken me to the necessity of having a clean
heart. I had known Christ as a Saviour without
me, to whom I had gone daily for pardon ; but
I now desired to have Him an indwelling
Saviour, having full possession of my soul, and
making it His fit habitation, by a thorough
cleansing and an entire subjection of every
thought and desire to Himself. My views of
the exceeding sinfulness of my nature were so
dear, that had it not been for the precious
promises applied by the Spirit, at the moment
of my utmost need, I should have despaired of
"For hours I would plead some promise,
feeling that the life of my soul depended upon
its fulfilment. The immediate result of this ex-
perience was a clearer vdtness of my justification,
and a conviction that holiness was attainable
before death. I even argued this point, from
Scripture, with others; but when I found this
doctrine was accounted heresy by the church
with which I was and am still connected, and
that the profession of it would expose me to
reproach and disgrace, I shrank back, and began
to doubt the truth of this view of sanctification.
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The consequence was, I lost the light already
given, and for ten years longer continued under
the bondage of sin, dishonouring my profession,
and defrauding my Saviour of the entire devotion
of all my powers to His service. I am sad
when I think how much J might have accom-
plished for the good of souls in those ten years,
if I had been wholly the Lord's. Still my
desires for holiness remained, and were strength-
ened by reading Upham's Works. I entreated
the Lord to sanctify me by any means, even the
severest, if necessary. He took me at my word,
and, by a succession of sore bereavements and
trying dispensations, stripped me of all in which
I had sought enjoyment or satisfaction. My
dearest idols were removed, one after another,
until I lay before the Lord with a crushed and
desolate heart. Bless the Lord, I murmured
not, but recognised in all these dealings of my
Heavenly Father the answer to my prayer. As
the streams of earthly happiness dried up, my
thirst for the ever-flowing Fountain increased.
Formerly I desired holiness for the sake of the
peace and happiness connected with it ; but now
I desired it that I might live for the gloiy of
Grod, feeling that my own enjoyment was a thing
of small consequence in comparison with the
honour of Him who had loved me and given
Himself for me.
"One evening, in February, 1852, 1 attended
a prayer-meeting in the Dutch Reformed Church
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in Haerlem, where God was pouring out His
Spirit. During the whole evening my desires for
perfect union of soul with Christ were intense ;
and I entreated the Lord to show me before I
left the room what hindered me from enjoying
this union, promising Him that if a right eye or
right hand was in the way, it should be sacrificed.
Just before the close of the meeting I was led
solemnly to vow, that if the Lord would convince
me of the tnith of the doctrine of holiness, as
held by the Methodists and some others, and
give me the experience of it in my own soul,
Itoouldprofeaa it, I was amazed at the step I
had taken ; for I had verily believed that I was
doing God service in rejecting this view of
sanctification ; but I felt that this vow was an
answer to the wrestling prayers of the evening,
and was determined to be honest with God.
" From that moment I felt that all controversy
between God and my soul was at an end. I was
willing to be anything and to do anything which
He required. For several weeks I studied the
Scriptures in reference to sanctification; the
Holy Spirit gave light, and I became again con-
vinced that holiness was the duty and privilege
of each believer. But how to get it I under-
stood not. I had no Christian friend to instruct
me, being a stranger in this city, and the only
Protestant in a family of Koman Catholic rela-
tives. At last I ventured to call upon a dear
sister, who, by her writings, prayers, and efforts.
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has been the instrument of leading many into
the * way of holiness.' She showed me that the
blessing was received through faith, — that, after
I had made an entire consecration of myself to
the Lord, I was bound to believe that He, faith-
ful to His promise, accepted the sacrifice, and
sanctified it for His service. Praise the Lord 1
I was enabled to ^believe with the heart unto
righteotimess, and with the mouth to make con^
fession unto salvation ! ' I received the blessing
on condition that I would profess it ; and I dare
not withhold my testimony to the power of Jesus
to * save His people /ro»i their sins.' * Bless the
Lord, O my soul: and aU that is within me,
bless His holy name : who forgiveth aU thine
iniquities ; who heaUth all thy diseases,^ "
My heart believes, my tongae shall tell.
And far and near my faith profess ;
My soul in rapturous strains shall swell
The fame of Jesus* faithfulness.
He saves His people from their sin ;
He saves me now 1 bless His name !
He sets His kingdom up within :
And shall I not His praise proclaim ? "
124 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD.
TVE HAVE AN ALTAR.
" Bound on the altar of Thy cross,
Our old offending nature lies ;
Now for the honour of Thy cause.
Come, and consume the sacrifice." — ^Wesley.
God has so constituted the human mind, that
it seems to require that truth should be made
obvious to its perception. The Old and New
Testament Scriptures are strikingly adapted to
meet this necessity. The types of the Old Testa-
ment prefigured the good things developed in the
New. In proportion to the magnitude of the truth
to be developed, is the type kept in imposing atti-
tude before the mind. Hence the importance of
the Divine admonition, " Comparing spiritual
things with spiritual." (1 Cor. xi. 13.) The God
of the Bible never gave one unmeaning type ; and
the pious Bible reader should not be satisfied,
until all the great leading truths of the Bible are
made tangible to his mind. No one subject was
so prominently kept before the mind under the
old dispensation, as the altar and its sacrifices.
From this we may infer that some tmth of re-
markable magnitude is involved and prefigured.
And now the question with every one earnestly
desiring to know of the most important truths
connected with his salvation should be, " What
THE ALTAE. 125
great truth does God intend to illustrate by the
altar and its sacrifices?"
Has a Christian an altar ansuoerable to the
type so continuously kept before the mind under
the old dispensation ? Let an inspired Apostle
answer : " We have an altar whereof they have
no right to eat who serve the tabernacle." If
the first was taken a\^ay in order that the second
might be established, where then may the Chris-
tianas altar be found ? Christ says, " For their
sakes I sanctify Myself that they may be sancti-
fied through the truth." " Sacrifice and offering
Thou wouldst not, but a body hast Thou prepared
Me." "By the which wUl we are sanctified
through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ
once for all." Paul, immediately after declaring
the fact, " We have an altar," directs the atten-
tion to Christ, and says, " Let us therefore go forth
to Him," &c. Benson, in his Commentary, says,
" Christ, who also is the only Christian altar,
to which we bring all our sacrifices and our
services." Dr. Clarke says, " The Christian's
altar is the Christian's sacrifice, which is Christ
Jesus, with all the benefits of His passion and
death." All true Christians belong to " a holy
priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices accept-
able to God by Jesm Christ J"* Dr. Clarke says, " In
all metaphors there is something in the natural
image that is illustrative of the chief moral
property in the thing represented." And how
strikingly and tangibly has the thing prefigured
126 ENTIEE DEVOTION TO GOD.
by the altar and its sacrifices been apprehended
by Christians of all ages ! Where is the earnest
believer who has not, in the exercise of his holy
vocation, exclaimed, "I lay aU upon Thine
altar, Lord ; " "I present myself to Thee a
living sacrifice?" These utterances were not
in the words which man's wisdom teacheth,
but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; and were
the spontaneous effusions of the gracious soiil,
in the legitimate language of the heart, accus-
tomed to compare spiritual things with spiritual.
After the comer unto the Christian's altar has
been constrained by the mercies of God to pre-
sent himself a living sacrifice, and fix)m the ful-
ness of his heart exclaims, " I now lay all upon
Thine altar," where is the lover of Bible phrase-
ology who would chide him, and have him sub-
stitute some other language ? Where should a sin-
ner present his sacrifice but upon the altar which
Gt)d has erected, whereunto the polluted may
come, and be made clean, — ^the unholy, and be
made holy ?
** For whether is greater^ the g\fty or the altar ? "
And in what was the foolishness and the
blindness of the Scribes and Pharisees displayed,
80 justly calling down the denunciations and
" woes " of the Son of God P They made far
greater account of their poor puny offerings than
they did of the sanctity and claims of the altar
upon which their offerings were laid. The Jewish
THE ALTAR. 127
altar, after being subjected to various symbolical
cleansings, the offering of a bullock upon it
by way of atonement, kc., seven days in suc-
cession, was anointed and sanctified, and was
ordained to be ever after " an altar most holy.
" Whatsoever toucheth the altar shall be holy.
This altar was now the Lord's altar in such a
peculiar sense, that whatsoever touched the altar
became holy by virtue of the touch. From the
moment the gift touched the altar, it became
virtually the Lord's property. These Scribes
and Pharisees were comparatively unmindful of
the great sanctity of the altar, thinking much
more of the gifts which they brought to the
altar, than they did of the altar and its claims.
The claims of God for the altar had been clearly de-
scribed, which were to be the choicest of the kinds
designated. When that which was bleniished
was offered in sacrifice to God, — the lame, torn,
sick, or blind, — it was an abomination to Him,
and, however earnest or tearful in importunity
the offerer might be, his offering was not regarded,
and those that attempted to present such were
charged with the awful, sacrilegious act of pol-
luting God's altar ! But these Scribes and Pha-
risees were not here rebuked for sinning after
this simiKtude. It was because they lightly
regarded the sanctity of the altar upon which
their offerings were laid, and said, " Whosoever
shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but
whosoever sweareth by the ffi/i that is upon the
128 ENTIRE DEVOTION TO GOD.
altar, lie is guilty;" as though the gifU they
brought to the adtar were a matter of greater
consideration than the altar upon which their
gifts were laid, which God had ordained to
be an altar most holy.
Do you regard the gift as greater than the altar ?
Do you set a lighter estimate upon the altar
• than upon the gifts which you bring to the altar ?
Thousands sin after this similitude, and bring
such woes upon themselves as those pronounced
upon the Scribes and Pharisees. Christ, who has
redeemed you wholly unto Himself, now has,
and ever has had, an all-commanding claim upon
all your ransomed powers. Body, soul, time,
talents, influence, and reputation, already belong
to Him. Have you rendered all up to Him?
or are there points of reservation in relation to
one or all of these gifts, with which God has
intrusted you? God has given you that body
which now enshrines your spirit. Do you think
more about that gift than the claims which
Christ has upon it ? Have you said in your
heart, " How can I give up my body as a whole
burnt-sacrifice, to be so laid upon God's altar as
to preclude my ever again regarding it as at my
own disposal?" or have you said, in relation to
other gifts, — your time, reputation, or talents, —
" How can I devote my every gift so exclusively
to holy service ?" To the degree you have been
THIS ALTAB. 129
shrinking from the surrender of these gifts, and
thinking more about them than about the altar
upon which they ought long since to have been
sacrificed, to that degree you have been sinning
after the same similitude as the Scribes and Pha-
risees. And yet more surely will you bring down
the displeasure of God than they did ; for the
altar to which you come is infinitely holy, and
its demands on all your redeemed powers are
" Thou God that answered by fire.
On Thee in Jesu's name we call ;
ruM our faithfol hearts* desire.
And let on us Thy Spirit falL
*' Bound on the altar of Thy cross.
Our old offending nature lies ;
Now, for the honour of Thy cause.
Come, and consume the sacrifice 1
Consume our lusts as rotten wood.
Consume our stony hearts within !
Consume the dust, the serpent's food.
And dry up all the streams of sin.
Its body totally destroy 1
Thyself The Lord, The God approve 1
And fill our hearts with holy joy.
And fervent zeal, and peifect love.
*' that the fire from heaven might fall.
Our sins its ready victims find,
Seize on our sins, and bum up all.
Nor leave the least remains behind 1
180 EMTIBE DEVOTTOlf TO GOD.
** l^itii shall our prostrate souls adore,
TAe Lord, He is the God, confess :
He is the God of saving power 1
He is the God of hallowing grace V
PBINTKD BT WILUAM NICHOLS,
at. LONDON yfAJJs.
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